Meet the battling Brexpats

Meet the battling Brexpats

British expats are living on one of Brexit’s front lines. But on atrip to the Costa del Sol, GERALDINE SCOTT finds them every bit as divided as those back in the UK, albeit with some crucial differences.

As in those British seaside towns where the Leave vote was highest in the 2016 referendum (75.6%, 67.5% and 71.5%, respectively) you do not have to look too hard among the expatriate community to find evidence of strong support for Brexit.

One of those most fervently in favour is Len Howard, 70, who sips a café con leche in the shadow of a whitewashed church, in the central Plaza de Constitucion. He believes the referendum result was “wonderful” and will “make Britain’s glory come back”.

Such full-throated support for leaving the EU from an expat might sound counter-intuitive. After all, the 300,000 Brits who live in Spain (mostly on the Costa Del Sol or the east coast’s

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Spanish group joins campaign for public vote on final Brexit deal

Spanish group joins campaign for public vote on final Brexit deal

Bremain in Spain, the anti-Brexit group formed by British residents in this country, joined last weekend’s launch of the PeoplesVote campaign, aimed at securing a public vote on the UK’s final deal for its exit from the EU. Pro-Europe organisations were joined by actor and campaigner Patrick Stewart, comedian Andy Parsons and MPs in London for the event.

Thousands of anti-Brexit campaigners took to the streets around the UK on Saturday to raise awareness and collect signatures to take to politicians. Further events have been planned for the coming months, including a rally in Westminster on 23 June, on the second anniversary of the referendum.

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Bremain in Spain Comments on Devolved Parliaments and Brexit

Bremain in Spain Comments on Devolved Parliaments and Brexit

Bremain in Spain, an organisation campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain and the EU, comments on the burning issue of the devolved parliaments in the Brexit negotiations and why it is increasingly necessary to have a People’s Vote.
The Welsh government, headed by Carwyn Howell Jones who will stand down in autumn, has agreed to sign a deal with UK government ministers over the sharing of EU powers if Brexit goes ahead. The Welsh Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford, said that UK government concessions are enough to protect the Welsh Assembly’s powers if Britain leaves the EU.
In an open letter to prime minister, Theresa May, the Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said she would continue to press the prime minister to make further concessions on how the devolved and central UK governments would share powers re Brexit. Key issues include farm subsidies, fishing quotas, GM crop policies, organ transplant rules and food labelling.

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Guy Verhofstadt welcomes anti-Brexit campaigners to celebrate birthday in Brussels

Guy Verhofstadt welcomes anti-Brexit campaigners to celebrate birthday in Brussels

ARCH europhile Guy Verhofstadt celebrated his 65th birthday on Wednesday with a bizarre gift from self-proclaimed EU super girl Madelina Kay.

The anti-Brexit activist travelled to Brussels, where she presented the former Belgian prime minister a portrait of himself and a card signed by 1,200 fellow pro-EU advocates.Other gifts included an EU flag umbrella, which the Brexit Steering Group chairman nearly opened indoors.  Ms Kay’s visit to Mr Verhfostadt included an impromptu performance of ‘Happy Birthday’, which she played on her guitar and later uploaded a video to Twitter.As she offers the sporadic performance, Mr Verhofstadt replies: “You can sing, you can paint, you can… I can’t, I’m a bad singer.”

 

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Brexit Countdown: why remaining in Spain will be a massive pain after Brexit

Brexit Countdown: why remaining in Spain will be a massive pain after Brexit

One million Brits living in EU countries are today feeling abandoned by Theresa May.

Sue Wilson who heads Bremain in Spain representing 310,000 of them told Brexit Countdown: “We are in the dark as to where we stand.”
Brussels wants to restrict them to where they are now after Brexit so they won’t be allowed to move to another EU country.
Which means Brits abroad will have fewer rights than three million EU citizens living in the UK who can go to any of the other 27 EU member states.

Nothing the PM did with our EU partners at crunch European Council talks last week changed that.  And her UK tour this week to mark a year until Brexit on 29th March 2019 won’t help them either.

One in three Brits in Spain are retired. Those with jobs across the border in France face passport holdups after Brexit.
But don’t describe them as “expats” – they hate that. Sue adds: “We’re migrants, no different to EU citizens in the UK.”
“We’re not tourists. We don’t spend our lives on beaches or playing bowls or golf. We work, we raise children.”

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