The status of thousands of British workers in Spain is unclear because the British government is still not giving any assurances about the future of non-British European Union workers in Britain. This is a scandalous state of affairs and as I said in this space before the referendum the people which the pull-out will hit the most are expat Britons living in Spain.

At the moment we are unsure about our future rights. If the British government starts getting tough on European workers in Britain, then we can expect similiar treatment in Spain. I sincerely hope that our status will remain the same in Spain even though Britain is no longer a member of the EU, but this may very well be wishful thinking.

It is already difficult for British citizens to get a job in Spain:  employers just may well think that it is too risky, because in months to come British workers may need to secure a work permit. These are dangerous and worrying times and we need some answers and soon.


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Sara / Hace over 5 years

Mike: I agree with you 100% regarding the use of the word 'expat' and I have said so several times myself. I nearly mentioned it again in the comment I posted yesterday but in the end I desisted as it seems to be a wasted effort.


Mike / Hace over 5 years

I live and work here on Mallorca and have done for many years. I am an immigrant. Stop referring to the likes of me as an ex-pat.

It is condescending, patronising, and derives only from those with a Little Englander attitude which, clearly, are views you concur with.


Sara / Hace over 5 years

I meant "British nationality" not "UK nationality"!


Sara / Hace over 5 years

They can't give any assurances because they are all running around like headless chickens with no clue what to do.

Those readers who qualify for Spanish nationality after ten years residence but are reluctant to apply because they don't want to have to give up their British nationality may be interested in signing this petition for Spain to grant dual nationality in the same way that Spanish citizens in the UK can be granted UK nationality without having to renouce their Spanish nationality. Obviously passing the DELE level A2 and CCSE tests would still apply.ña-doble-nacionalidad-para-británicos-con-mas-de-diez-años-de-residencia-en-españa