UK expat Boris backers tell why they want a no deal Brexit

Published:  29 Aug at 6 PM
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Whilst the majority of British expats in Spain grow ever more fearful of the effects of a no-deal Brexit, a determined few are actively backing Boris.

It’s difficult to imagine why any long-stay expat retiree would consider a no-deal exit from the bloc is a good idea, but those who voted leave are maintaining their stance in the face of warnings from business leaders and financial experts who’re claiming economic disaster as a result. Even as the shrinking pound and cost of living increases make life less far comfortable for British expats, leavers are sticking to their guns and would be prepared to fly home and vote should a second referendum become a reality.

One female expat pensioner living in Alicante hasn't heard from her graphic designer son since she voted Leave in 2016. At the time, he was unable to understand her point of view, and can’t forgive her for voting to leave the EU. Although she’s sad about the break-up, she doesn’t regret her stance. Once a Labour party activist, she views the EU as a ‘loan shark organisation’, saying she has faith in Boris Johnson’s ability to get a last-minute deal from the EU. Whist she’s proud to be a citizen of Europe, she believes the EU is simply a ‘political dictatorship’.

A Yorkshire expat living in Alicante for the past eight years holds similar views, telling local reporters he’s sure the UK will be better off with the World Trade Organisation than it is as an EU member state. He’s certain those warning of impending disaster are doing so for political gain, adding that expats who supported Remain had their own selfish reasons. Referring to himself as a patriotic Englishman, he’s all for UK independence and believes a no-deal Brexit will weaken the euro, thus making life in Spain far cheaper.

A former RAF engineer living in Catalunya with his long-term partner also doesn’t regret voting leave and would do so again if necessary. Now working as a registered nurse, he hates the idea of combined EU armed forces, even although a move in that direction would be swiftly vetoed by a majority of EU member states. He believes the UK will be stronger outside the bloc and wants to see the backstop removed at all costs, with leaving without a deal the only alternative should the EU not comply. All three seem fully aware of the economic chaos leaving without a deal would wreak on the home country, but don’t seem to have considered its effect on their own positions as expatriates.
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