Now I know that there is little sympathy for expats in Britain but the European Union referendum has caused us some distress and fear; and the vote hasn’t even taken place yet. What is evident is that over the last few months the value of sterling against the euro single currency has nose-dived, which is bad news for expats living on a UKincome and also visiting holidaymakers. Before the referendum, the Spanish media had dubbed the pound as the strong currency of Europe; they are now thinking again.

If Britain does pull out of the European Union, there are going to be some important question marks over our future: will we need a work permit as non-EU citizens?; will we be entitled to free health care?; will we still have the vote in local elections?

This is not a question of scaremongering; these are the facts. If British citizens need to have a work permit then their employment opportunities in Spain will fall. Having to get a work permit for foreign staff entails plenty of work and money for the employer and the employee; I should know, as when I first started to work in Spain you needed a work permit. So our very lifestyle in Spain is at stake in next week’s European Union referendum.

It might be a question of everything will remain the same and no worries but unfortunately no-one can say that. We simply do not know what will happen if Britain leaves the European Union. And that is not scaremongering.


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Sean Dobson / Hace over 5 years

Might I remind you that many Brits and other foreign nationals lived in Spain when it was ruled by Franco and if they managed to live in a fascist Spain,it will be a damn sight easier to live in a democratic Spain,whether the UK leaves the EU or not,and you know it but just winge about what MIGHT happen if we leave,well,this vote is about the FUTURE of the UK,not about a relatively small number of expats living in Spain,especially since Spain needs us more than we need Spain,without all our tourists,many parts of Spain,including Majorca would suffer very badly. Reciprocal on travel,health care,work etc will no doubt be put into place as they are in everybody's interest,so give it a rest.


Silversurfer / Hace over 5 years

So, Nogbad, if the British Government introduced charges for healthcare for it´s Citizens and devalued the pound by 10%, you would have no objections ?


Sean Dobson / Hace over 5 years

You keep bringing up the same old rubbish and then say that you are not scaremongering,yes you are,give it a rest. By your own admission,you worked in Spain when you needed a work permit,easy to get or not,you needed it so you got it so where is your problem if Brits need work permits in the future.? Besides,things work both ways,something you chose to continually ignore,that and the fact that Spain needs us a damn site more than we need Spain,if Spain makes it hard for us or introduces visas,we can and will go elsewhere then the economy of Majorca and other parts of Spain will nosedive.


Nogbad the bad / Hace over 5 years

What a load of frollocks. Spain needs British tourists more than British tourists need Spain. They will be on bended knee to kerp Brits. There are and will be plenty of 'grey market jobs' As for old git expats worried about their nice lifestyles, go do one, you've lucked out living in Spain with a strong pound. If you cant affird to live here because healthcare isnt free or because the pound drops 10%, then you really have no right to live here as you've been living beyond your means!!!