When former prime minister David Cameron mentioned the possibility of a referendum on European Union membership, I sincerely doubt that he ever thought that a) the British public would vote Brexit and b) that parliament would overwhelmingly support the move. I also thought that the majority of British MPs were pro-EU, but it now appears not or that they are not prepared to go against the wishes of the British people. It is quite amazing the sea change in Britain in the last six months; in fact sometimes you have to pinch yourself to realise that all this has happened.

There appears to be no way back now and Brexit is taking hold. Britain also appears to be pushing for a hard Brexit which will mean no single market but British border controls. If Britain imposes greater border controls on EU citizens, then we can expect the same treatment. I sincerely doubt that the EU will agree to greater controls on its citizens living in Britain without returning the favour to British citizens living in the European bloc. So, I suspect that our life in Spain is going to get marginally more difficult. We are living in a new era but it appears that the British government is more interested in trade deals and putting up border fences than ensuring the well-being of its citizens abroad. Immigration was always at the heart of Brexit but I think some forget that there are many British immigrants in EU countries.

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Julian Simms / Hace over 4 years

David, are you sure she didn´t marry you ?

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Dean / Hace over 4 years

'Immigration was always at the heart of Brexit but I think some forget that there are many British immigrants in EU countries. Yes with the majority contributing to the country they live in. We have to many freeloaders as it is, without the swing door policy of a wave of eastern europeans/syrian/african/etc etc swamping Britain.

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Harangum / Hace over 4 years

Kind of off topic, but the guy who mentioned the Big Issue sellers really has a point. This used be a bit of money for the legitimately homeless... and now, Romanian gangs have taken over the whole operation... everywhere. How the Brits fall for this act is a mystery to me.

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David / Hace over 4 years

V glad it's not just me. Re your comment...I predicted Brexit and I predicted Trump. Now I predict the demise of the EU hence my comment on the Germans (BTW I like the Germans, I married one!)

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V. / Hace over 4 years

David, why would the possibility of Germany blocking a deal between the UK and Spain affect Germans resident in Spain.? While both Germany and Spain remain in the EU the right of Germans to live and work in Spain surely cannot even come into the equation. Just asking - I haven’t red-minused you! The same happened to me the other day when I offered what I considered to be helpful information about the right to health care in Spain after Brexit (facts based on my professional experience, not an opinion). I got two red marks!

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V. / Hace over 4 years

S: Why do “Brits need to return whist their passports are valid”? Why would Brexit invalidate any British passport?!

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David / Hace over 4 years

Good points Richard. Although why did someone 'red minus' my original comments, merely statements of fact not opinion. Shows how dumb some MDB readers are...

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Richard Pearson / Hace over 4 years

There are two more. Rajoy won't be in power when deals have to be done and the UK's attitude in regards to Gibraltar.

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David / Hace over 4 years

I should have added that while the willingness is there, the only issue - and it's a big one - is that Germany will block Spain from doing a good deal. I wonder what will happen to the Germans here...

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David / Hace over 4 years

Don't you read the news? May and Rajoy had talks on reciprocal rights this week, with both agreeing that it should be a priority, and stating that a fair deal that protects UK citizens in Spain and Spanish citizens in the UK is 'the right and fair thing to do.' You should get out more...

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