I am looking on with growing unease at the current EU negotiations. For British expats living in the EU, the consequences of a UK exit are horribly uncertain. My family are all Spanish residents. My kids are bilingual and in local Spanish schools. My wife is from the US and can only remain here because of my EU links. I live in a house that I have helped to build that is near worthless in the current Spanish market. But I am happy here, and I want to stay and grow old here in a place that I consider my home.
Come June, all this could change. If the UK votes to leave, nobody knows how individual member states will respond to the millions of UK expats in their midst. Spain may decide to remove residency rights, increase taxes on foreign owned assets and so on. It’s quite possible that I, along with millions of others, will be forced to return to the UK. And because I’ve been living outside the UK for more than seven years, I am not allowed to vote in a referendum that could decide my future.
All seems a bit grim, doesn’t it? Any thoughts on the likely repercussions of a Brexit with regards to British EU expats, and does anyone else out there share similar concerns?