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