Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

21 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Major new study to estimate Brexit impact on UK expatriates in Europe

A major new study undertaken at the University of London’s Goldsmiths College is to examine the damage Brexit is expected to cause to UK expats living in EU member states. The research project will form part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s ongoing project entitled The UK in a Changing Europe, and will he headed up by Goldsmiths’ Reader in Sociology Dr Michaela Benson. Also on the team will be author of The British on the Costa del Sol Prof. Karen O’Reilly and a group of researchers from the Institute for...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Longstay Brit expats overseas disallowed from voting in June general election

Yet again, long-term British expats who’ve been overseas for more than 15 years are to be excluded from voting in the shock general election called yesterday by Theresa May. The Brexit-induced plight of long-stay UK expats in EU member states who were unable to vote for their futures has been made even more devastating by the news they will not be allowed to vote in the upcoming general election. In 2016, May promised those affected would have their voting rights returned, but the British parliament has taken no action to honour the...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Spain loses position as Brit retirement haven due to Brexit

A new study has revealed that Spain, traditionally the favourite retirement hub for British expats, is now losing out thanks to the Brexit vote. The survey, conducted by Anchor, a retirement care and housing provider, is bad news for Spain, once the most attractive destination for many thousands of British retirees. Almost half the retirees who took part in the study said they were ‘unlikely’ to make the move to Spain, whilst the 41 per cent who had already decided to become expatriates in Spain, France and other EU member states...
14 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Yet more of the same from Brit Foreign Office to UK expats

Tuesday’s British Foreign Office Facebook question and answer session repeated more of the same to UK expats, but failed to dampen fears of the future by giving straightforward answers. The session, held on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Facebook travel page and led by Julia Longbottom, offered no new guarantees but seemingly rehashed information any concerned expat would already have read on expat sites online or in their local English language newspapers. Longbottom is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s director for...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2017

MumAbroadSpain website founder rejects relocation to small minded Britain

As uncertainty over the fate of UK expats in the EU continues unabated, a furiously angry expat Mum is refusing to relocate her family to ‘small-minded’ Britain. Enraged mother Carrie Frais is raising her family in Spain and has totally rejected the possibility of moving back to the UK as it’s in no way the Britain she left. She’s equally angry about the way British citizens were pushed into voting to leave without any details of what the decision would mean, both economically and for those who’d decided to relocate to EU...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Barnier states no final Brexit deal means expat loss of rights for millions

Should the UK not agree on a final Brexit deal, millions of UK and EU citizens will be left without rights. According to a statement by EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, up to five million EU and UK expats would lose all entitlements to EU rights should the UK refuse to agree to a final Brexit deal. A deal, he said, needs to be reached within 16 months, giving the European parliament time to debate and agree its contents. Barnier’s bad news came during a meeting between the chief negotiator and the British in Europe...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2017

UK and Spanish diplomats agree on need for fast deal for expats rights

As the numbers of Brits in Spain applying for Spanish nationality soars, Spaniards in the UK are given an Embassy helpdesk to address their queries about the effects of Brexit on their status within the UK. The release of current figures by the Cervantes Institute has revealed an increase of 431 per cent in the numbers of Brits in Spain applying for Spanish nationality. Some 308,000 British citizens already have permanent residency in Spain, with a minimum of 110,000 owning second homes in the country without having registered with...
29 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Is Spanish nationality the final expat answer to Brexit

Many long-term UK expats in Spain have struggled with the decision whether or not to try for Spanish nationality, but now the reality of Brexit seems unstoppable it’s the only acceptable option for many. British expatriates living and working in Spain are now faced with the ultimate decision – whether to wait and see whether politicians will smash their chosen lifestyle beyond repair or to go ahead and apply for Spanish nationality. Neither option is straightforward, and becoming Spanish isn’t as easy as it might sound at first...
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...