Brexit

Oi, why are you ignoring us expats?

And it’s all gone quiet, all gone quiet, all gone quiet over there. Where? In the UK government, who are ignoring all the Brits in Europe following Berkexit.

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Busker in Spain, admittedly probably Spanish. Photo by SnapDoc

It’s easy enough for all involved in Berkexit back home to ignore those it might effect in Europe. Like all those retired people who deserve a peaceful end to their days, all those English teachers who are providing locals with life skills, and all those free spirited buskers who are putting smiles on people’s faces. Those currently living in Europe; the free continent, that is no longer so free.

This week I read an article on The Local titled Brits in Europe blast UK government for snubbing them over Brexit about how a few expat organisation, such as Ecreu (Expat Citizens Rights in EU), have had a go at berks involved in Berkexit for ignoring them.

And I can’t blame them. This is serious stuff people. Rules, legislations, and dodgy deals are about to start happening and innocent individuals, who have a passion for living in another country, could find themselves without jobs, homes, and the possibility of ending their days in a warm climate with cheap bottles of red wine.

Have they no shame?

Apparently there are 12 other groups like Ecreu, and all of them are being treated like pests with no voice. They are trying to get some answers, but so far they have had about as much luck as the Catalans have of getting independence.

I’m not surprised they are ignoring us. After all, it’s such a shambles anyway. I mean who in their right mind actually voted to come out of Europe? Have there been any benefits yet? Apart from the fact that Cameron resigned as PM, but even that brought in Mrs Maggie May.

As far as living in Spain is concerned, I don’t think we are feeling the pinch yet. As I said in my previous post; Is Brexit going to force Brits out of Spain? I was a bit worried about getting kicked out, or even worse, made to become a Spanish citizen. I just can’t face the idea though. Giving up my British passport is about as desirable as a plate of chorizo, which I stopped eating after watching a documentary on how it was made.

Maybe I should think about it though; at least if I was a Spanish national then I’d have the right to vote here. It’s madness really. I’ve been here 12 years, have always paid my taxes, have married a Spanish woman, have two Spanish kids, and have bought a house here, but still I can’t vote. It seems insane that I don’t have a say in my own, or my children’s future. Just think when my kids are 18 they will be able to vote, and I won’t (I wonder if Brexit will be sorted by then, 15 years away?)

Have you become a Spanish Citizen? Are you worried about the effect of Berkexit? Please leave a comment below.

Are you a government employee ignoring all us Brits? Then pull you finger out and give these organisation some answers.

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