Brexit

Is Brexit going to force Brits out of Spain?

I think it’s taken a while for this whole Brexit nonsense to sink in, but it finally is, after almost seven months. I guess I’m actually a bit miffed, confused, and concerned about what is really going to happen.

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Time to panic about Brexit? Photo by Frankenstein

After reading an article on The Olive Press about how Theresa May has had talks with the Bearded Rajoy regarding whether or not they’ll be slinging out all the British Expats from Spain, I’m starting to consider the consequences.

I’ve been living in Seville since 2005. I’m married to a Spanish woman, have two Spanish kids, and we own a house. I’ve been paying my taxes since I arrived, unlike a lot of Spanish nationals, and like to think I contribute to the welfare of the Spanish community, since I’m an English teacher.

So, would they actually sling me out? For being British? Surely it would cause an uproar to decide on kicking us out, I mean, the majority of us probably voted to stay in Europe, I know I did.

Is someone just going to turn up at my door one day and kick me out my own house? Maybe they’ll come to my workplace and drag me out while I’m explaining the difference between past simple and past continuous? Or perhaps catch me ‘in the street’ as I’m walking my kids to school and inform me that I’m just not wanted anymore?

It just seems bizarre to me that they’d be able to kick us out. I’m hoping I’m safe, but I guess I might have to get some sort of Spanish nationality, which I don’t want to. I love Spain, but have no interest in giving up my British passport. From what I’ve heard, if I want to be a Spanish national, then Britain will only allow me to have one passport.

According to the article, it seems as though May and Rajoy were in talks for a whole 25 minutes, probably enough time for a quick beer and a tapas, and decided that it was “important to think about the future relationship as well as the detailed exit arrangement, so that we can give greater certainty for people and businesses who want to live and work in each other’s countries.”

I like that, ‘think about,’ that’s all everyone has been doing since the results came through, but when are they going to come to an agreement? I hope she does, for her, and the local Spanish people’s sake. Can you imagine what 300,000 peeved off Brits might end up doing to Spain? It could be like Loret de Mar, but on a national scale.

What do you think? Are you worried about getting kicked out of Spain? Would you become a Spanish national to avoid losing your life here? Or would you be glad to go?