Watch: Leave-voting expats realise an end to free movement also applies to them

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”.

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.

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12 Responses

        1. David

          No, they’re mass immigrants. Or at least they are if they actually live in Spain, or wherever, permanently. The word migrant refers to people who don’t actually settle in any one place.

  1. John Coutts

    Here’s the thing about British people living in Spain… They don’t all live on the Costas; I actually live over 300 miles from the coast. They are not all pensioners – many of them have to work, just like people back in the UK do. This means they don’t spend their days lounging on the beach sipping sangria. Most of them had the intelligence to vote Remain, knowing full well that leaving the EU had nothing good to offer for them. They have spent over two years living in limbo with no idea of what Brexit will actually mean for them as no one in the UK government, or in the opposition parties, cares! Oh, and another thing… They are immigrants – not ‘expats.’

  2. Peter Jones

    Just another Project Fear article.What makes anybody think that anyone from the UK who lives in Spain or any other EU country will have to leave and return to the UK after Brexit ? The most probable thing is you will need a Residents Visa not a problem.

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