Brit expats in Spain baffled and angry over May’s Brexit deal

Published:  15 Nov at 6 PM
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As news broke of a possible stalemate-breaking new Brexit agreement between the EU and the UK, UK expats in Spain were left angry and even more baffled.

According to chair of the Bremain in Spain campaign Sue Wilson, reactions from her members range between increased concerns over post-Brexit citizens’ rights to the typical Brit reaction of ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’. As is usual with Brexit news, there’s very little information to steady frayed expatriate nerves, even although anti-Brexit groups are being told a deal has been made, allowing the two sides to reach an agreement. Wilson puts it succinctly, saying, ‘where’s the evidence?’.

In the British parliament, there’s been no announcement from the Prime Minister, nor any confirmation from the EU’s Michel Barnier. The only reference has come from Irish deputy PM Simon Coveney, who told the press negotiations are still taking place and haven’t concluded as yet. During Prime Minister’s question time May referred to the document as a draft, with her deputy preferring ‘a provisional agreement between negotiators’.

According to Wilson, the only certainty is that the agreement isn’t popular with either Remain or Leave supporters. She’s sure the PM will convince those in favour of her stance to support her position, but convincing the House is a completely different story. Ministers, she adds, are increasingly and vocally in opposition to both a no-deal exit and a damaging final agreement, and are demanding a ‘meaningful vote’ at this late stage. Wilson believes the stronger the chance of any agreement failing to win support in Parliament, the better the chances of an informed, conclusive second referendum. Whatever Theresa May thinks, it’s not over yet by a long shot.
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