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What happens to UK expats if the UK leaves the EU?

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What happens to UK expats if the UK leaves the EU?

Postby Dave » Wed 13 May 2015 21:12 GMT

gozomark has just asked this question on the Malta forum.

The short answer in the meantime, of course, is: "No-one knows". It would all depend on the terms of Britain's exit from the EU. But it's not hard to imagine that — as Mark suggests — the answer will depend at least partly on the individual British expat's status as an immigrant, with more established immigrants getting more favourable treatment than less established (and even illegal) ones.

Spain is, of course, the single most popular European destination for British expats, with an estimated million of us living there. So it's not hard to imagine the upheaval there would be if they all had to leave and either move on or move back.

What's the situation for Brits in Spain? If it comes to the crunch, are you likely to be able to find ways to stay on if that's what you would choose to do?
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