UK expats quitting Valencia ahead of final Brexit date

Published:  4 Jul at 6 PM
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In spite of endless media reports citing UK expats’ potential problems with continuing their chosen lives post-Brexit, TV shows and adverts continue to push the positives of settling in a Spanish dream home.

At the present time, no-one caught in the Brexit dilemma has any real idea how their lives will pan out in the swiftly-approaching future, but for many expat-aimed businesses including real estate developers it’s business as usual. It seems unreal that would-be expat retirees or hopeful entrepreneurs could have missed out on the endlessly negative reportage of the real facts of Brexit but, as usual with the majority of expat-focused advisories, it’s the money that counts.

Some 30,000 Britishers living permanently in one of Spain’s famous expat hubs, Valencia, are in a collective cold sweat about their futures, with one resident in the Spanish market town of Al Moradi stating in a broad Yorkshire accent he had ‘beggared off’ from the UK in 2008 and was unable to belive his entire future depends on Theresa May’s slightly tarnished judgement. Basically, unless the PM can somehow work a miracle and swing an acceptable deal on UK expats, he and many thousands more are dumped.

As regards healthcare, the prospects are even bleaker, as new arrivals in the UK must be resident for six months to be eligible for NHS treatment. Let’s hope none of the possibly disenfranchised British returnees have ongoing previous medical conditions. One worried Brit has discussed with his writer neighbour his chances of being treated if his double hip replacement needs a tweak. His coverage in Spain runs for just three months in the UK, with previous conditions not covered at all.

An even worse situation awaits a Scottish former policeman and his dementia-diagnosed wife, neither of whom would be entitled to free NHS care on their return, meaning they simply couldn’t return. Some 9.000 expats have unwillingly deserted Valencia since the beginning of this year, but thousands more are still caught in a mess decidedly not of their own making. Most are pensioners, and most have the usual ailments of those in the last decades of their lives. What price private health insurance when reciprocity ends?
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