Brexit? Who you’re gonna call?

EU prosI understand that you have read quite a lot about Brexit and its possible impact. But still.Last time I promisse. Over here in Andalusia the sun shines like always, although Spain might be influenced a bit more than other countries in the EU because of the big number of UK tourists and people who live here but coming from (the not so) Great Britain.

Of course the Brexit will have some impact on Spain, for British tourist the drop of Sterling versus the EUR means a loss of purchasing power when they are over here. However would a few beers less really hurt that much?

For the residents coming original from the United Kingdom, the withdrawal of their country of origin creates mainly uncertainties, for now. The main one is economic, as the majority of people with British state pensions could see their income reduced. The UK keeps the value of retirement payments to its overseas nationals in the EU in line with the UK, but this doesn’t happen with its retirees living in some other countries. The exact policy that the UK will adopt when it leaves the union isn’t yet known.

A second source of potential worry is medical care. Although the terms of the withdrawal are still to be negotiated, the loss of the European health care provisions could mean they need to take out private insurance if they feel that the public health care doesn’t suit them for a reason.

The exit agreement will also shape the future of UK residents in Spain from an administrative point of view, although it’s certain that by losing their status as EU citizens, they will be forced to take out new residents’ permits, I believe that the Spanish government won’t be causing that much problems for people that want to obtain such a promise

Residents’ tax and inheretance status might be another factor that will need to be considered, as well as the voting rights of British residents in Spanish local elections, a right currently available inside the EU, as is the right to stand for election for local town halls.

So some uncertainty for the time being, but I feel that it all may not be as bad as the BREXITers didn’t think about as people will come to their senses.The feeling like that moment in Ghostbusters when the inspector shuts down the containment unit has passed a bit.


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We are a Dutch couple - Miranda and Hans - that has after having searched for a small hotel to buy in several countries around the world we came across El Guarda and fell in love with it straight away. We would love to share our excitement for the place and its surroundings with our guests and invite you to stay with us for some days when travelling through gorgeous Andalucía.
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