Brexit fallout in Spain as Britons say: ‘The dream’s over, let’s go back to UK’

Posted by Ed 15 days ago
After the UK left the EU on January 31 last year, an 11-month Brexit transition period was put in place. During the transition period, EU law still applied in the UK, and the country was still treated as a member of the 27-nation bloc. However, British nationals, including those overseas in countries such as Spain, are now seen as “third country” citizens by Brussels. More than 360,000 British people have Spanish residency, while thousands more are thought to reside in the country unregistered.

Since Brexit, holidaymakers and other travellers from the UK who are not Spanish residents can only visit Spain for up to 90 days at a time in any 180-day period.

Longer stays require visas, causing difficulties for the thousands of British second homeowners, some of whom would previously spend up to six months at a time in Spain.

British expat Bill Anderson, 63, who moved to Spain in 2002, has told that amid Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, some Brits are now returning to the UK.

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

He said: “A lot of people, their businesses have either gone bust or they're just not earning enough from them to make a living. 

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