PENSIONS, properties, taxes and healthcare, it only took the scratch of a pen for British voters to seal an uncertain fate for the country, but the consequences of their decision are very real, particularly for the millions of expatriates living across the EU.
It is precisely this ambiguity over the future of legal and financial arrangements that inspired five British expatriates to establish a group with the seemingly simple, but infuriatingly complex mission of answering important questions that simply didn’t exist just three months ago.
Initially named ‘Brexpats in Mijas,’ the group quickly garnered so much online attention from information seeking expatriates that it evolved into ‘Brexpats in Spain,’ almost overnight. They now have thousands of British nationals among their membership.
What makes ‘Brexpats in Spain’ such a potent organisation is that it is not comprised of experts, nor does it pretend to be. The apolitical and not-for-profit group, was set up by ordinary expatriates searching for answers to extraordinary questions. Will they be able to continue living and working in Spain? What exactly will happen to pension schemes? To properties? To healthcare provision?
‘Brexpats in Spain’ have informed the Euro Weekly News that they intend to pressurise the British parliament for immediate answers to these questions and are embarking on an extensive campaign across the Costa del Sol to give all expatriates the opportunity to make their voice heard.
With the firm backing of Mijas Mayor, Juan Carlos Maldonado, ‘Brexpats in Spain’ have already held several well attended public meetings and will be holding many more in the weeks and months to come.
From September 9, the group opened a weekly drop-in office manned by volunteer expatriates in Fuengirola on Fridays from 4pm to 6pm, and there will be public gatherings at La Cala Town Hall on September 30 at 7.30pm, the Casa del la Cultura de Benalmadena on October 4 at 11am, and at Lux Mundi in Torre de Mar also on October 4 at 3pm. More are set to come across Spain.
The team is fully aware that not all expatriates are able to attend the meetings in person and will strive to visit groups of people at alternative locations at their request if it is feasible.
Euro Weekly News pledges to put its full weight behind this endeavour, and is also working hard to answer the questions that matter most to our readership. Follow ‘Brexpats in Spain’ on their website www.br expats.es and contact EWN with any Brexit related questions you may have.
In the coming weeks you can follow this page for new and important developments.