Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

28 May at 10 AM 2016

Expats in unique Spanish beachside hideaway under Brexit threat

As the countdown to June 23 continues, the ripples of concern amongst Brit expats in Spain reach out to the most British of all Costa Blanca retiree havens. 70 miles south of the brawling Brit resort of Benidorm lies a newly-developed unique beach resort dedicated to UK expats. It’s not yet on the map, nor is easily found by taxi drivers and ambulances, yet it’s home to at least 25,000 retirees determined to recreate a ‘little Britain’ in the warm Spanish sun. Built some 30 years, ago, Orihuela Costa is culturally as far...
26 May at 6 PM 2016

Weird expat requests to Brit consular staff

It’s not just expats who have problems with their embassies - the FCO staff themselves have their own problems with wacky expat requests. It’s fair to say that many Brit expats feel they’re not being well served by their country’s overseas embassies and consulates, but employees in these unappreciated outposts have their problems as well. Not every expat moving overseas, and certainly not every tourist, bothers to revew the home country’s overseas services online before picking up a phone when there’s a problem....
13 May at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Spain to get Tescos Best of British

The news that British favourite Tesco is to start supplying British foodie delights via a Spanish supermarket chain is sure to boost morale across Andalusia’s expat community. A double deal with Spanish retailer El Corte Ingles will see 50 typical British favourites featured across the Spanish supermarket’s chain, with shoppers in Tesco’s UK stores across the country treated to Spanish products such as extra virgin olive oil, sherry vinegar and sliced Spanish meat products. Tesco brand cereals, traditional British biscuits,...
11 May at 6 PM 2016

Spanish property market facing challenges in 2016

Although demand for Spanish property has increased recently due to improved mortgage rates and low real estate prices, the Spanish real estate market is under threat in 2016 from Brexit, currency turmoil and new Andalusian holiday let laws. A recent survey reports strong expat demand for Spanish property originating mostly from the UK, Germany and Scandinavia, along with market activity from other northerly countries. However, as Brexit approaches, there’s increased nervousness about the outcome, with fears of the UK leaving the...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2016

High Court Brexit vote judgment ignores and insults UK expats

The judgment handed down by the High Court regarding the right to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum both ignores and insults British citizens who have chosen to exercise their entitlement to free movement within the EU. Although the case will now go directly to appeal at the Supreme Court, yesterday’s decision simply fuels the fires of uncertainty and fear across expat communities in Eu member states. Comments made by the judges disregarded the possible plight of expats, with those still unable to cast their votes the worst...
27 Apr at 9 AM 2016

Brit expats whose home was demolished finally awarded Spanish compensation

The British expat couple who watched their dream home in Spain torn down due to trumped-up planning irregularities have finally received justice, but it’s a double-edged sword. Len and Helen Prior’s appalling experience hit the headlines in 2008 after the bulldozers had demolished their dream villa in rural Spain’s Almeria coastal region. They’d ensured the correct planning permission for the construction had been obtained from the local town hall, but the license had been revoked by the Andalusian regional government and the...
22 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Study shows majority of EU based expats have Brexit fears

A recent study has revealed that two thirds of UK expats living in European Union countries are concerned that Britain’s leaving the EU would have significant negative effects on their lives. The poll, carried out on behalf of an investment and financial advisory company, involved expatriates in France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Germany. Just over two-thirds of respondents admitted they were anxious about the outcome Brexit, with 24 per cent unconcerned and eight per cent saying they did not know. According to...
21 Apr at 6 PM 2016

High Court ruling on expat voting disenfranchisement to be delayed

Following this week’s High Court hearing, British expats in Europe are now waiting for the court to make a ruling on the controversial issue. The long-awaited legal challenge of the UK government's ruling of disenfranchisement for expats living overseas for over 15 years has resulted in the High Court reserving judgment on the issue. Lawyers for plaintiffs Harry Shindler and Jacquelyn MacLennan argued that expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years were ‘on the horns of an impossible dilemma’ as they would need to...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expat business in Spain fear results of Brexit yes vote

Brexit is fast becoming the topic of the decade for UK expats living in Eurozone countries. Rumours, speculation, whispers, reports, blogs and more, but no real information as to the effect on the British people and British expats living in Europe. This is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.exchangerates.org.uk/news/tag/brexit.html">Brexit</a> 2016, and the furore is expected to increase the closer it comes to June 23. As well as causing controversy within Europe’s widespread UK expat community,...
15 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expats Spanish siestas under threat

Spain’s interim Prime Minister has announced a controversial new plan to do away with the country’s traditional siesta. To most of the world and its expats, Spain is best known for three things – paella, bullfights and its much-loved, traditional three-hour siesta. Banks close, shops shut, traffic dies down and the streets empty for three hours, whilst Spaniards take a short snooze and enjoy the cool of their haciendas. However, if interim Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has his way, all this will end when Spain’s working day...