Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

23 Mar at 6 PM 2017

EU expats in UK may be protected by human rights laws

According to a report by a group of Spanish lawyers, the European Convention on Human Rights may give EU expats in the UK freedom to remain. In an address to the EU parliament, legal experts from Spain said Brexit might result in EU citizens making use of existing human rights laws to gain the right to remain in the UK. Spanish professors at law believe that property rights and the right to family life enshrined in the ECHR may be the get-out clause which prevents the UK from forcing expatriation after Brexit. The Convention’s...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Hope for UK citizens in Spain as government supports expat rights

Around a million UK expats living in Spain were given a gleam of hope by the Spanish government’s announcement in favour of a Brexit deal including Brits’ rights to remain. In an interview with the Times newspaper, leading Spanish negotiator for Brexit and EU Spanish secretary Jorge Toledo confirmed his country’s stance on the rights of Britons after the EU/UK divorce is finalised. Madrid, he said, is prepared to favour in principle an agreement which guarantees Brit expatriates the right to remain. In addition, he believes the...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2017

UK expats choose Spanish citizenship as Brit interest in Spanish property crashes

A new study, released at the same time as news of a fall in British enquiries on Spanish property, has revealed Brits are now reluctant to choose Spain as their retirement. destination. For many would-be expats, Spain is no longer the favoured choice for a comfortable retirement due to fears over Brexit’s effects. According to a new study, the number of British citizens at or over the age of 55 enquiring about purchasing homes in the former favourite retirement destination has fallen to zero as potential buyers are scared off by...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Welsh expats in EU air their concerns

Of the 1.2 million British expats living and working in EU member states, just below half a million are originally from Wales. Amongst the 1.2 million British citizens whose lives overseas have been put on hold by Brexit, the 470,000 from Wales may well have have more to be concerned about than the rest, due to the still-declining fortunes of the former industrial and mining region. Many Welsh expats have built new lives, retired or opened small businesses after leaving the home country, and are more concerned than most about the...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2017

British pensioner falls victim to yet another Spanish property scam

British national Janet Hayden now finds herself in the same position as hundreds of other UK expats who trusted local Spanish builders and authorities to tell the truth about land purchase. Expatriate Janet Hayden had arrived in Spain in 2003 and was searching for an idyllic plot of land on which her home would be built. She was offered a stunning plot, but was told she could not get permissio9n to build unless she paid a small fine. Having agreed, she went ahead and used a local solicitor to organise architects, builders, bank loans...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Expatriate group coalition slams UK government over lack of communication

Spokespersons for a coalition of 12 UK expat groups have accused the British government of misleading parliament over efforts to protect the post-Brexit rights of British nationals settled in EU countries. A coalition of 12 campaign bodies representing UK expats across Europe is condemning the British government for lying about having been in contact with the groups. The UK government’s Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) claims it’s engaging with expatriate groups, but campaign founders deny having been approached...
1 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Anti Brexit campaign founder says Spanish officials support expat cause

An expat campaigner believes that, although Spanish politicians and administrators are on the side of British expats, British MPs are sticking to their ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitudes. Co-founder of Brexpats in Spain Anne Hernandez has been on the road lobbying Spanish politicians all along the Costa del Sol coastline in order to quantify their positions on the Brexit threat to UK expats living in the region. A former university lecturer, Anne has lived in Spain for over 30 years and is determined to continue to do so. She...
28 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Spanish real estate agents already feeling the Brexit pinch

With Article 50 not even triggered as yet, estate agents in Spain are already suffering Brexit doldrums. At least two years of painful negotiations are on the cards before the UK finally quits the European Union, but businesses reliant on British customers are already beginning to envisage a grim future. Amongst the worst affected are real estate agents in Spain’s expat hotspots, with many reporting a drastic fall in property sales since the June referendum. Two of the hardest hit provinces to date are the Costa del Sol’s...
27 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Protest groups lobby peers before Brexit amendment debate

UK expats in Europe have been urged to lobby members of the House Of Lords over an amendment to the proposed Brexit Bill. The amendment is due to be debated this week in the British parliament’s Upper House, with its aim the protection of the rights of Britons living in EU member states. It demands that, before Brexit is triggered by the activating of Article 50, the UK must guarantee all rights of EEA nationals now in the UK as well as prioritising an early negotiated agreement preserving the rights of UK expats living in the EEA...
21 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Multiple reports claim post Brexit expats legal status a mess

As the legal problems facing UK and EU expats after Brexit become more acute, multiple media reports suggest the British government will face huge headaches. UK citizens living in EU member states as well as EU nationals in Britain are due to be mired in a terrifying legal quagmire as regards their rights, according to the Financial Times. The comment was quoted as coming from an anonymous senior Brexit negotiator, and brings into focus the UK’s need to agree a policy covering every issue from the rights of British-born children of...