Brexit Crushes British Retirement Dreams in Spain


As the EU and Britain try to work out a deal to govern their trade relations after Brexit, the dreams that many British people have of retiring in Spain are being shattered by the new reality – and a whole new set of rules.  For VOA from Sitges, on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, Alfonso Beato has this report narrated by Jonathan Spier.

Camera:   Alfonso Beato 

Produced by:  Rob Raffaele


pUNKY Lovecraft August 22, 2021 - 9:58 AM

The entitlement is strong in these two.
They don't like living in the UK so moved to Spain.
So they are immigrants to Spain. Then they complain about people living in the UK voting for leaving the EU.

Hahaha ha

F. Alfonso Albuquerque August 22, 2021 - 10:06 AM

They are Expac's. How dare you compare them to any other group. They are special. Treat them with tender loving care. Remember, they are far superior than any other group and treat them that way.

F. Alfonso Albuquerque August 22, 2021 - 10:06 AM

They are Expats'. How dare you compare them to any other group. They are special. Treat them with tender loving care. Remember, they are far superior than any other group and treat them that way. How cruel, to hold Easter eggs from them! How do you expect them to survive? Outrageous!!

organisten August 22, 2021 - 4:35 PM

*Immigrants! Not "ex pats"!

Richard August 22, 2021 - 9:46 PM

Write people are expats while black and brown people are immigrants.

Tony Harris August 22, 2021 - 11:54 PM

Ha ha my heart bleeds well funny this is, proud to call myself one of the "stupid" people.

arianbyw August 24, 2021 - 12:03 PM

They aren't expats, they are immigrants. And over entitled ones at that!

Steven Humphrey August 24, 2021 - 5:46 PM

And the problem is? You have to remember the rest of the world out side of the EU have been handling the EU regulation an residency for years with no issue.UK citizens have just got to get use to them. 3rd country let's not forget that due to the UK leaving the EU.

rachel bethney August 25, 2021 - 5:39 PM

why dont they just holiday there so many weeks a year , just sounds like whinging remainers,

Ben Artee August 26, 2021 - 7:08 AM

In the driving license: they could have had it the easy way – they could have exchanged it for a Spanish license before Brexit happening. Exchanging one eu license for another because you live there is easy. I also did that with my English license. But true – it helps if you speak the local language…

Philip Kudrna August 26, 2021 - 6:19 PM

„It was as possibly the stupidest decision a country could have made ever!“ – you said it, man!

DWM August 26, 2021 - 9:07 PM

Yes they want to live in Spain and register there plus they think they can vote on things happening in Britain, what a load of rubbish

Pierre Blaise August 27, 2021 - 5:22 AM


Michael Harvey August 28, 2021 - 2:52 PM

Give up British citizenship and get Spanish citizenship – simple. Bye.

Michael Harvey August 28, 2021 - 3:03 PM

How hard is it for remoaners to learn the difference between words? They are immigrants/inmigrantes to the native Spanish people. Amongst British people and British communities, they are expatriates – British expats.

Chris Edwards August 29, 2021 - 9:48 AM

I´ve lived and worked in Germany for over 40 years, I would never in my wildest of dreams have voted for Brexit, like every other Brit who had to seek a living wage after Thatcher´s rape of the UK I was gratefull to get a job as a dishwasher, I got the same money as I was getting as a British soldier after 7 years service!
But, so many Spanish/ Brits voted for Brexit and are now seeing how blitheringly stupid they were to vote for Brexit.
Many British ex serivemen living with German wives and children voted for Brexit in some blind flag sh*gging exercise that I can only think that cheap duty free booze rotted their brains!
As some Brits in Spain had only 2nd homes I am glad that they have to sell up, it might mean local kids can afford homes now.
Where I live US citizens have bought second homes that stay empty for most of the year, this is killing any chances of local kids ever buying a home here.
But, as the Russians like to say, Tough Sh*tski to those Brits who scrounged off the Spanish system for so long!
And then voted to leave the EU, can´t get much stupider than that?

RTassie22 August 31, 2021 - 11:22 AM

Aww diddums. You want it, you get it. You left the EU. Take the consequences. The UK is a shadow of it's former self.

ا September 1, 2021 - 12:09 AM

Expats ha.
So everyone who they call immigrants should also be call expats too.
One rule for them another for everyone else.

Gunnar Skywalker September 1, 2021 - 2:41 PM

Happy Brexit guys 😊

Gunnar Skywalker September 1, 2021 - 2:43 PM

Why are white people expats, and all else are immigrants?

Gunnar Skywalker September 1, 2021 - 2:46 PM


Brits in your neighbourhood had to go an Easter Holliday without decorative eggs during the epidemic ??!


Brian Armstrong September 1, 2021 - 4:13 PM

"Ex pat" translates to "immigrant".

Iain Cochrane September 2, 2021 - 6:53 AM

Aw,has the racist brexshit vote upset you..its gonna come back and kick you…oops sorry its already an absolute shambles,good luck england with thr food riots coming all the food being delivered is now rotting in thousands of containers in ports everywhere…well done ,what a pariah state you are now…

Felix Lafleurie September 3, 2021 - 10:02 AM

British need to go home…. We want you out

Jim Scott September 3, 2021 - 2:01 PM

"Didn't want to be in the UK anymore"? Well you got your wish.
I've seen lots of you over the years who come back when they're ill or alone, but showing off when your there about how clever you are.
My heart bleeds for you. You should be banned from ever coming back

Nic Jordan September 5, 2021 - 3:43 PM

So they’re mad at brexit because they can’t go to Spain? Stop whining lol

charlie pearton September 5, 2021 - 4:45 PM

White privileges allows you to be called Ex-Pats. = ex-patriotic. lol. any other colour your an immigrant.

Do Spain not do Easter Eggs.. lol majority of brits are not religious.. so whats up

james joyce September 5, 2021 - 10:00 PM

I'm ok . I still live in the Uk

Juan Perez September 5, 2021 - 11:56 PM

Please stop calling British migrants “expats” !

William Wallace September 6, 2021 - 4:58 PM

Awww poor wee Sun readers? British Immigrants moaning about what they voted for and the end result. How classically? British! Ignorance, arrogance, indifference. All the while living within Europe? Now go and learn Spanish and take a Spanish knowledge test on the country, to allow residency

mg99smc September 6, 2021 - 5:22 PM

Let's get one thing straight, ex-pats are 'whites' who have settled in another country who by any other definition are immigrants, but because they don't want to be associated with people who are 'brown' or 'black', they refer to themselves as 'ex-pats'.

Paul Wild September 7, 2021 - 1:38 AM

Spain is smashing. Become Spanish

peter mannheim September 7, 2021 - 3:23 AM

Now you have a tenth of a feeling what immigrants feel like. Many wanted to treat the immigrants worser and maked their own people to immigrants ^^ Ironic

grumpygit447 September 7, 2021 - 9:22 AM


DisobedientSpaceWhale September 7, 2021 - 10:00 AM

Come back to Blighty maybe 🇬🇧

Old Mick The Oldest Vlogger On The Block September 7, 2021 - 10:41 AM

Serves them right. Youre either British or youre not. You should have made your minds up. For remoaners theyre odd balls, living in the EU and still expecting those of us who live in the UK and want to live here, also want to be British. you need to make your minds up. Just because you dither about you can hardly expect Britons who want to be British choosing we wanted to be free of EU control. Things wouldnt be so bad if the Eu had not tried to make everything as difficult as possible, including trading and transport of goods. We obviously made the right decision. So now all we need is for our politicians to implement it. Instead of this half out mishmash theyre currently connong the public with. To be fair to the EU the problems are caused by UK Politicians trying to maintain the status quo, at the same time as leaving a little bit..

Cheeseburger Eddie September 9, 2021 - 5:53 AM

Cant pass a Spanish driving test…Brexit blame again amongst everything.And what is wrong with Spanish food.

Celtic Minstrel September 9, 2021 - 5:24 PM

Ex pats ? no such thing, immigrants like it or not.

Bera Doing Stuff September 10, 2021 - 12:38 AM

It's funny watching these Brits complain about all the rules for foreigners…..they got what they wanted and now realise it affects them?

Froggy Gastarbeiter September 11, 2021 - 1:07 AM

Idiots. Long live Spain. Long live the UK.

May this bolchevikisiki ,,eu" fraud continue its grizzly death. The far left enemies are dying. They are desperate. Great news.

frank mc September 11, 2021 - 11:56 PM

if you don't like brexit .go we don't want you.hahaha.F off.

Bob Corry September 13, 2021 - 9:05 AM

That's why the rich voted remain


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