Anti Brexit campaign founder says Spanish officials support expat cause

Published:  1 Mar at 6 PM
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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 told the Olive Press most Spanish politicians she’d met want the British expat community to stay and are determined to do everything necessary for its support.

The bad news, as far as Anne is concerned, is that British parliamentarians ar giving far less support to UK citizens who’ve chosen to live in Spain than are their Spanish equivalents. At a recent key meeting in La Cala with Guardian journalist Giles Tremlett and the mayor of Mijas, Anne explained her first instinct was to talk to Spanish officials. She told local media representatives she had heard positive and supportive comments all along the coast, and added promising replies had been received from members of Britain’s parliamentary House of Lords.

When Anne first came to Spain, staying was a hassle as regards reporting to local police every three months as well as proving she had sufficient funds to stay for another three months as she was not allowed to work. She’s determined not to go back to those pre-Common Market dark days, and is working to ensure the UK expat community doesn’t have to either.

Jean and Richard Appleyard have lived in Spain for more than 30 years, and are fully integrated, speak Spanish, have many Spanish friends and definitely do not want to be forced back to the UK. As both are in their ‘70s and Jean has Crohn’s disease needing regular check-ups and medications, heathcare is their main concern. Barry and Phyllis Lissner, residents for seven years, are in a similar situation as Barry is on permanent medication due to a heart attack several years ago. For many thousands of older expat couples, returning to the UK would not only have further negative effects on their health, it would also overburden the already failing NHS.
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