Many British citizens have sought residency in Spain to seek a better way of life. Most Britons went to Spain to enjoy the higher value of the pound, which has since worsened. By now, more than 300,000 Britons live in Spain with about 70,000 pensioners. The outcome of the Brexit, however, is a major dream killer for many Britons, especially those who have called Spain home for years.
Briton pensioners in Spain Britons in Spain and other EU countries are worried about what the UK exit from the EU might do to their health cover. Briton pensioners, for example, will have to go back to the UK if they cannot receive healthcare in Spain. Most of these pensioners have made Spain their home and hate the idea of going back to the UK.
The British government’s statement
Spain’s decrees Spain had already guaranteed residency for Brits in the country at the start ofMarch 2019 in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Spain will aloe for new residency status for the almost half a million Brits who reside in the country as long as they apply for a fresh foreigner ID before the end of the year 2020. If you continue living in Spain or move to Spain before the end of 2020, you will have lifelong healthcare rights as long as you are a legal resident. If you live and work in Spain or are there permanently, you get access to healthcare treatment as if you were a Spanish citizen.
These kinds of decrees that protect Britons who rely on local hospitals for treatment prove that Spain cherishes its relations with the UK.
The current situation
While UK citizens in other EU countries could find themselves in a rough patch in case of a no-deal Brexit, those in Spain could have a much smoother ride thanks to the lengthy friendship between UK and Spain.