As a result of the Brexit fallout in Spain, Britons are saying, ‘The dream is over, let’s go back to the UK.’


As a result of the Brexit fallout in Spain, Britons are saying, ‘The dream is over, let’s go back to the UK.’

According to a British councillor on the Costa del Sol, the BREXIT impact has contributed to British expats’ decisions to quit their lives in Spain and return to the UK.

An 11-month Brexit transition period was implemented when the UK exited the EU on January 31st of last year. EU law continued to apply in the UK throughout the transition phase, and the country was treated as a member of the 27-nation bloc. However, Brussels now considers British citizens, including those living abroad in nations such as Spain, to be “third country” citizens. More than 360,000 British citizens have residency in Spain, with thousands more believed to be living there unregistered.

Holidaymakers and other visitors from the United Kingdom who are not Spanish residents can only stay in Spain for up to 90 days in any 180-day period since Brexit.

Longer stays necessitate permits, posing a problem for the thousands of British second homeowners who used to spend up to six months in Spain at a time.

Bill Anderson, a 63-year-old British expat who relocated to Spain in 2002, told This website that some Brits are now returning to the UK as a result of Brexit and the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Scot lives in Mijas on the Costa del Sol and is a councillor for Spain’s Partido Popular.

“A lot of people’s enterprises have either gone under or they’re not making enough money from them to make a livelihood,” he said.

“They’ve decided that the dream is ended, and it’s time to return to the UK.”

“However, I’ve known a number of old folks, both male and female, who have decided, ‘I don’t want to be here on my own any more.’

“In many cases, they don’t know the language, they feel alienated, and they believe they have an issue with which they can’t communicate.”

“As a result, they’re returning to the UK, where they feel more secure and at ease dealing with any issues that arise.”

Mr Anderson acknowledged the pandemic’s impact in Spain, which enacted more stringent lockdown measures than the United Kingdom.

“I do know of one or two families who have returned to the UK, not because of Brexit, but because of COVID,” he said.

“Brinkwire Summary News” says, “basically, their firms have gone bust, and they have better support structure in the UK.”


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