Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

21 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Spain castigate UK government for Brexit betrayal

British expatriates in Spain are slamming UK lawmakers for betraying their trust and ignoring their needs. At a recent meeting in Marbella organised by the campaign group Brexpats in Spain, furious expatriates castigated the British government, saying they felt betrayed and believe UK lawmakers are operating an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude to their right to stay in their chosen locations. Some 90 expatriates attended the meeting, with the crowd including pensioners, business owners, families with their children, experts...
17 Jan at 6 PM 2019

British expat community in Spain are ‘British people’ too

Last Tuesday evening, Brit expats were gathered at their favourite bar, watching the crucial parliamentary vote on May’s Brexit agreement. As the result of the vote was announced, the silence in the bar was deafening. Subsequently, half the small community were in favour of Brexit whilst the rest disagreed, but no-one had anticipated the massive rejection of May’s deal. In the discussion that followed, opinions shot back and forth, but everyone agreed they’d got more clarity now about the conflicting issues of Brexit or no...
17 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Spain optimistic for second referendum

Following Tuesday’s shock parliamentary vote, British expats in Spain are hoping against hope for a second referendum. Spain is the all-time favourite for British expats fleeing the UK’s unreliable weather and its less than satisfactory quality of life for ordinary people, with those who’ve retired to the sun first in line for the devastation of a no-deal or hard Brexit. Predictions of the damage either option will do to the UK economy may or may not be accurate but would take some time to become apparent to the bulk of the...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Spain pledges rights preservation for UK expats but no details given

Following on from a previous announcement, the Spanish government has now promised UK expats’ rights will be protected following a no-deal Brexit, but has given few details. The rights guarantee is conditional on the same deal for Spanish expats in the UK, but details of the proposed bilateral agreement with the UK haven’t yet been made clear. The total number of British expats living, working or retiring in Spain is estimated to total some 750,000, but could be far more as it’s believed a high number haven’t registered to...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2019

British driving licenses useless in Europe after no-deal Brexit

The UK government is warning Brit expats in Spain to immediately get Spanish driving licenses in case a no-deal Brexit is the final result. In yet another stunning example of ‘too little, too late’, the warning from the British government means British expats in Spain are now risking not being allowed to drive should there be an unmanageable rush of people applying for Spanish licenses. Those who’ve been unable to exchange their licenses will be faced with having to take the extensive written Spanish language driving test as...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Young Brit expats in Europe crave more Brexit certainty

It’s as yet unknown exactly how many young British expatriates are living and working in EU member states. Although exact statistics are not yet available, research suggests there are significant numbers, none of whom have been given any answers as regards their long term status in their present country of residence. With Brexit looming on the non-too-distant horizon, none are as yet able to make an informed decision as to whether to stay or go. Research carried out at Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, suggests...
14 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Brit consul urges UK expats in Spain to register

The British consul has warned UK expats in Marbella to ensure they’re all officially resident if they want their post-Brexit rights guaranteed. The Brexit question and answer session held in Marbella’s town hall by the British consulate drew just 70 attendees, but the consul’s message was clear – the protection of expats' rights post-Brexit will depend on their official residency. With the delayed parliamentary vote on the PM’s withdrawal agreement due tomorrow, the plight of Britons in a number of EU member states is as...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2019

EU states queuing to ensure rights to remain for UK expat residents

Following on advice given by the European Commission to its member states, expats in a number of EU countries are now being assured of their rights to stay. The EC’s call for generosity towards British expatriates living, working and retiring in Europe in the case of a no-deal Brexit is being heeded by an increasing number of EU member states, allowing the vast majority of expats to sleep better at night. The irony surrounding the EC’s welcome intervention is that the Commission seems to care more about expat Britons’ welfare...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2019

UK expat pensioners in Europe still threatened by loss of pension uprate

UK expats in EU member countries are to have their state pensions uprated – but only for a year. Along with all the other negative effects of the Brexit disaster on British expatriates living in the EU, the continuing of the guaranteed annual inflation-proofing increase has been a serious cause for concern, especially for the newly-retired. The uprate is triggered by the higher of two indicators – wage growth and the rate of inflation. Should both be lower than 2.5 per cent, the same percentage uprate is guaranteed. ...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Average spend on alcohol per EU member state

If you’re an expat who likes a drink or three, you’ll be in good company in the Czech Republic! For many expats living overseas, the best way to relax is by sampling the local liquor at the nearest bar along with your compatriots whilst putting the world to rights. It’s well known that Europe has the highest consumption of alcohol out of all five continents, but most expats might not be aware that nationals in northern climes are at the top of the table for heavy drinking, possibly due to their lands’ long, freezing cold...