A video of a Leave-voting expat who bought his Spanish holiday home after the referendum has been making the rounds on social media after he realised an end to free movement would apply to him too.
Dave, who bought a holiday home in Spain after voting to leave, says he would vote to remain if there was a second referendum.
Explaining the reasons behind his change of heart, he said freedom of movement in Europe for “proper Europeans” was among the main factor.
He said: “I know it might be selfish, but I think on reflection now we’d probably vote the other way now”.
Asked whether he has shot himself in the foot, he replied he “may very well have done”.
Anyway here’s a bunch of Brexiter Brits living in Spain only now realising that an end to free movement would also apply to them.pic.twitter.com/EgL5QnR0G3
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) February 10, 2019
At the end of January it was announced that a no deal Brexit could see between 50,000 and 250,000 British expats return to the UK from the European Union.
A leaked government memo revealed the exodus could put a significant strain on public services, with around 40 per cent of returning expats expected to be be pensioners, placing pressure on the National Health Service and social care services.