Bremain in Spain Marks the Anniversary of Brexit Referendum

Bremain in Spain Marks the Anniversary of Brexit Referendum

British citizens in Spain a year on from this life-changing event ….

The traditional Spanish festival of ‘San Juan’, celebrated annually on June 23, is a joyous event with colourful town fiestas taking place to celebrate the summer solstice. However, the significance of this date changed for British citizens in Spain on the night of June 23, 2016 – perhaps forever – when the result of the Brexit referendum threw the lives of hundreds of thousands into confusion and chaos.

So how do Members of Bremain in Spain, a group campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain, feel about the anniversary of San Juan and what are they doing to observe it?

Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain, says: “San Juan has always been one of my favourite Spanish fiestas – a celebration of summer, renewal and of hope. This year, it will be tinged with sadness and anger at the nonsense that is Brexit but also with determination that we must never give up this fight. The fiestas seemed like a fitting anniversary for that fateful day when my world changed forever, and an opportunity to dispose of unwanted baggage, as is the San Juan custom.”

She adds: “Many people throughout the UK and Europe will be commemorating June 23 in their own way. For us, it’s an opportunity to demonstrate that we’re not playing golf, bowls or bridge, or whiling away hours in English bars festooned with Union Jacks. Instead, we’ll be celebrating with the Spanish, as we do every year, and enjoying being treated like family by our wonderful neighbours. I only hope that EU citizens in the UK have as much love and support surrounding them.”


Jo Chipchase, a Bremain in Spain member from Granada, said: “The fiesta of San Juan on June 23 is usually my favourite day of the whole year. However, in 2016, it was the worst day of the year. I returned home from the town fiesta to view the referendum results on the internet. I sat up all night and became increasingly despondent. I won’t forget that night. This year, I will be taking photos of the traditional festival in our town and will be surrounded by Spanish people. I remain hopeful that the UK electorate will realise that Brexit isn’t a good idea.”

Valerie Chaplin, a Bremain member from La Rabita, Granada, echoes these sentiments: “We are still living in the same nightmare. On San Juan 2016 I watched TV after returning from celebrating the fiesta and felt sick as the results emerged. This year we are joining together with our Spanish and British friends to celebrate San Juan, with heavy hearts, still having no clue to what our future holds even though the negotiations have started.”

Bremain member, Linda Rae, concurs: “I feel angry and sad for all those people who voted to Leave and were lied to, because they will not get the opportunity to make it right. This year, I will celebrate this San Juan with the inclusive people of Spain.”


Mike Zollo adds: “I am angry and feel that I am losing something dear to my heart that was the rationale for my 40-plus years of teaching European languages and culture. The Referendum result is still one of the first things on my mind when I wake up in the morning, and which has left me with a permanent feeling of malaise and injustice.”


Jane Machin concludes: “I wish the press would stop saying that the Remainers are reconciled to Brexit. We are not. All the polls I’ve seen have pointed the other way! It’s a total mess in my opinion.”

From the evening of June 23, Bremain in Spain members will upload photos of how they are enjoying a traditional San Juan with Spanish friends: ie the EU citizens with whom they share their lives and whom have been kind enough to make British residents feel welcome. Photos of the Referendum anniversary activities will appear on our San Juan Gallery and alwo our Press Dispensary Media Library.

British expats in a post-#Brexit EU: What now?

British expats in a post-#Brexit EU: What now?

The UK has voted to leave the EU and Brexit talks have begun. But what about the fate of British expats in Europe. What will happen to them? What are the current plans for them, asks Martin Banks?

Those among the estimated 1.8 million expat Britons who have lived on mainland Europe for 15 years or more were denied a vote in the UK general election on 8 June.

But, if Britons living in the EU were angry about not voting in the election (or the EU referendum last year that will take the UK out of the EU), can you imagine how they feel about possibly being denied their democratic rights once again?

That is precisely what many of the British expats in Belgium and throughout Europe fear when the UK finally leaves.

One of the most important yet most difficult aspects of Brexit will be sorting out what happens to UK citizens in other EU states (as well as EU citizens from other member states currently in the UK).

We’ve known for a while that citizens’ status is going to be one of the first topics tackled in the upcoming negotiations. But what is not known yet is just how complex such a process will be.

Around three million EU citizens, many of them Poles, currently live in the UK. They have to go through a lengthy 85-page application process in order to become a permanent British citizen, and the number doing so has reportedly soared since Britain voted to leave in June last year.

More of the article here…

Paul Mason ‘Message to the young’

Paul Mason ‘Message to the young’

“For the first time, probably in your lifetime, what you vote, not only matters, but will be decisive”

At the Brexit Convention, former Channel 4 news journalist spoke about getting young people to register to vote but more importantly to get out and vote on June 8. Please share and spread the word amongst young people eligible to vote.

Take control and vote on June 8th!

Full Fact on Europe

Full Fact on Europe

Full Fact is the UK’s independent factchecking charity, providing free tools, information and advice allowing verification of claims made by politicians and the media.

They do not take sides in any debate or support any political party or campaign. They have been quoted by politicians on all sides and have safeguards in place at every level to ensure complete neutrality.

Factchecks alone are not enough to halt the spread of misinformation. Full Fact push for corrections where necessary, and work with government departments and research institutions to improve the quality and communication of information at source. They also provide a factchecking toolkit to give people the tools they need to make up their own minds.

Full Fact’s pages on Europe enable you to factcheck claims relating to Europe and Brexit, covering areas such as:

The General Election

How the EU Works

The Economy


and much more …………

Full Facts are continually updating their pages with the most recent claims and debates, so you can keep in touch by regularly visiting their pages.

Bremain BrexElection Briefing 5

Bremain BrexElection Briefing 5

Welcome to our 5th Briefing. Please scroll down to the end to make sure you read all the news extracts we have selected for you this week.  To read the whole story just click on the link.

As the political conversation moves further away from Brexit, Labour’s chances in the election increase With criticism of the so-called ‘dementia tax’ dominating the headlines and Corbyn focussing more in the left-wing social issues he’s known for, the gap between the two main parties appears to be closing.  Against all the odds, the general election campaign is beginning to develop into something vaguely approaching a contest. (Voices > Editorials The Independent 21 May)


The Remain strategy for this election is a simple one Politics is a matter of sentiment, of attitude and feeling.  Tactical voting is essential in this general election. It does not matter how big a majority a Brexiter MP has in your constituency, the national aggregate of votes cast for anti-Brexit candidates matters. And in constituencies where a combined tactical vote could oust a Conservative MP, that tactic is an absolute necessity. Give up the tribalism and antipathy of the past; matters are far too serious for that. (A C Grayling New European 22 May)

General Election 2017: who’s more likely to vote — Brexiteers or Remainers? People who voted Remain in the EU Referendum are more likely to vote in the upcoming General Election, according to a new poll. A Sunday Times/YouGov survey found that 76 per cent of those who voted to stay in the European Union say they are ‘absolutely certain’ to vote on June 8. (Anthony Pearce Yahoo News UK 22 May) 

The only constituency in the UK where you can’t vote for a man Every political party insists it is promoting women within its ranks and striving towards a more gender-balanced cabinet. But the proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating. And at the minute, the overall picture looks far from balanced. There are 104 constituencies in the UK where residents cannot vote for a woman to represent them in Parliament. But there is only one constituency in the whole of the UK where you cannot vote for a man: Glasgow Central. (Heather Saul additional reporting by Charlotte Leedham i News 26 May)


All party leaders except Theresa May and Paul Nuttall sign EU citizen pledge The Home is Here campaign asks candidates to commit to guaranteeing the rights of EU nationals. The leaders of the Tories and Ukip have refused to back a pledge to campaign for the rights of EU citizens signed by all the other mainstream parties. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson, Green co-leader Caroline Lucas and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood have all signed up to the Home is Here pledge. (Julia Rampen New Statesman 26 May)

Conservatives cancel election campaign relaunch as poll lead over Labour evaporates Tories decline to say why event was scrapped – a decision taken as news of major poll shift emerges The Conservatives cancelled the relaunch of their election campaign, as nervousness grew over the party’s evaporating lead in the opinion polls.  Faced with the likelihood of difficult questions about the Tory campaign, David Davis suddenly pulled out of a planned event in central London earlier today.  With Theresa May abroad at the G7 summit in Sicily, it meant the effective relaunch of the Tory campaign, after the three-day pause because of the Manchester bombings, was put on hold. (Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor The Independent 26 May)

Defence secretary Michael Fallon slams Jeremy Corbyn’s terror quotes – only to realise they came from Boris Johnson Michael Fallon was left red-faced after he blasted quotes seemingly from Jeremy Corbyn on the war against terror – only to realise they were the views of Boris Johnson.  The defence secretary attacked the Labour leader’s policy on defence and views on extremism in Britain, with Mr Corbyn claiming on Friday the war on terror is “simply not working”.   (Jonathan Mitchell Evening Standard 27 May)


George Osborne in blistering attack on Theresa May’s manifesto pledges – ‘It’s clearly badly thought through’ George Osborne has publicly attacked key policies in Theresa May’s manifesto just days before the election as he pledged not to “pull punches” after quitting politics.  The former Tory chancellor, who was sacked by Mrs May when she became prime minister, called her social care proposals “badly thought through”.  He also said the Prime Minister’s repledged immigration target could force family members to live apart and accused her of abandoning liberal politics.  (Ben Riley-Smith Assistant Political Editor The Telegraph 27 May)



Tactical Voting

Tactical Voting

Tactical Voting ……

Carry on reading and find out how to elect pro-Remain MPs to maintain our close ties with Europe in this most historic of elections

YOUR Vote can make a REAL Difference!

Tactical Voting also known as Strategic Voting, occurs in elections with more than two candidates, when a voter supports another candidate more strongly than his or her sincere preference, in order to prevent an undesirable outcome. In other words when it is necessary to go against lifelong beliefs and allegiances and vote for a candidate who supports your views on a particular subject, in this case Remain.  However, in some instances it could be necessary to vote for a candidate when they are pro-Remain and pro-EU, whereas the candidate of your preferred party could be pro-Brexit.

Tactical voting will help to secure as many pro-remain MPs in Parliament as possible in order to stop Theresa May in her tracks and halt her progress towards a hard Brexit. With tactical voting, it is pointless to vote for your preferred candidate whose principles you believe in if they came 3rd or 4th in the 2015 election with a small number of votes and do not have any chance of winning the seat in your constituency.

You should use tactical voting to make a difference. As Gina Miller said in her launch speech for
Best for Britain

“People are worried about the future direction of this country, they believe in Parliamentary democracy and they believe, as do we, that only tactical voting in this election can ensure that Parliament plays their full part in the future of this country. Throughout the course of this General Election campaign we will be focusing on educating and empowering people to make a tactical vote and choosing MPs who will do the Best for Britain.”

To join Gina Miller’s Best for Britain, you can sign up at click on “join the campaign” scroll down and fill in a couple of details, it only takes a minute to do. Once you have done so you will receive a daily email giving interesting facts and up-to-date information together with links to other sites and newspaper articles.

If you want to go directly to the Best for Britain Tactical Voting site you can find it HERE

Latest video from Best for Britain – Ever tried to talk to you parents about politics?

Here is another helpful site regarding Tactical Voting: When you click on the link you put in your postcode or town, where you are eligible vote, and it tells you which party you should vote for if you wish to vote tactically. We will be updating this page on a regular basis as and when we have more information on tactical voting for you so please keep checking regularly to find out what is new.

Please also tell any students you, your family or your friends know about this link:

The link will allow them, in 30 seconds, to determine where their vote will be most powerful, either at home or at Uni. They simply enter their home & Uni postcodes & click on “compare” to see which is their best voting option.  For example, if their university constituency is a safe seat for one party but their home constituency is a contested seat between two, their vote at home will have a bigger impact for tactical voting purposes.  They can use the link to register to vote and to vote tactically to avoid a hard Brexit. Their votes matter!

Vote Smart

Maybe you are worried about the NHS; your pension; the cost of your education; or the Conservative’s destructive Brexit policies. Whatever your motive, with a tactical vote on June 8th, you can help get a better balance in Parliament.

If you want the safety net of a more balanced Parliament, the best way to make a difference is by voting for the opposition party most likely to win. Even if it isn’t your usual choice. Find your area on the Vote Smart site to get started.

Candidate List by Vote for Europe
These are suggestions for Tactical Voting which have been developed in consultation with other groups.

Explanatory information to accompany the list can be found HERE

If you have any queries or comments please send them to