Well that's it then. Thank you and goodnight. And it is goodnight because British citizens living abroad, especially in the European Union, are in the dark. Prime minister Theresa May may have triggered Article 50 but there was no mention of the status of British citizens abroad. Now, obviously until the negotiations are complete we are still European Union citizens but the clock is ticking and no one really has any idea of our future status outside the European Union.

So what next? We must wait for two years; probably even longer to know if or not we have a future in Spain. This is an outrageous state of affairs. British citizens living abroad didn't get the vote in the referendum even though they are the people who will be most affected by the outcome. May did mention European Union citizens living in Britain but there was no word about British citizens in the European Union.

I sincerely hope that a deal can be struck rapidly and our status becomes clearer. I know of many British citizens living in Spain who are planning to take out Spanish nationality. They are probably right. If you have made Spain your home you obviously want some security and want to know where you stand. At the moment we are not standing anywhere. Our standing in Spain is so unclear there are plenty of rumours flying around about how Brexit will hit our future prosperity. Yesterday marked the end of an era.

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V. / Hace over 4 years

MelB: I don't think it is any of our business whether the editor has applied for Spanish nationality or not. He is entitled to express his opinions without being under the obligation to disclose his personal plans! Some of us have applied for Spanish citizenship or are in the process of doing so, others prefer not to or to wait and see what happens. Some don't mind giving up their British passports, others do. It's a personal choice and no-one else has the right to criticise that choice.

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Mark / Hace over 4 years

Enough of the histrionics! Let's allow the dust to settle first before predicting all this doom and gloom. Anybody would think you wanted things to end badly for the UK and it's citizens who reside in the EU, Jason.

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MelB / Hace over 4 years

Might one be so bold as to ask, has our editor taken out Spanish nationality or is he loathe to lose that most valuable commodity, his British passport. In line with the other two comments, the beginning of a wonderful opportunity to trade with the world without the rampant bureaucracy of the crumbling EU.

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Henry James / Hace over 4 years

Yesterday marked the beginning of a bright new future,free of the shackles and corruption of the EU,which is not what we actually joined in 1973.

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Richard Pearson / Hace over 4 years

It also marked the beginning of a new one.

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