By Euro Weekly News Media • 16 January 2019 • 13:57
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BRITISH expatriates in Spain were left facing more uncertainty over how Brexit will affect them after MPs in London voted to reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement on Tuesday.
MPs voted the deal down by a margin of 432 to 202, the biggest parliamentary defeat of any government since 1924.
Anne Hernandez, president of the Brexpats in Spain expatriate advocacy group, told Euro Weekly News she was “extremely concerned” about the result.
“There are more than 300,000 British people here who work and have invested in the Spanish economy.
“We can be thankful that bilateral agreements have been reached between London and Madrid which protect some of our rights.
“Other than that all I can say to expatriates is to make sure they are legally registered as residents in Spain,” Hernandez said.
May said every day that passed without the issue being resolved meant more uncertainty, more bitterness and more rancour.
“I have always believed that the best way forward is to leave in an orderly way with a good deal,” the Prime Minister said on Tuesday.
The rejection of the deal, which included protections for British citizens legally registered in EU countries including Spain, leaves expatriates in an uncertain situation.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Madrid regretted the result of the vote.
“The agreement is the best possible on the table and an unordered exit would be negative for the EU and catastrophic for Britain.
“Spain is working on contingency measures and it is prioritising the rights of citizens and residents,” Sanchez said.
Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said Madrid was prepared for any scenario.
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