“Even if it means giving up being British, I'm prepared to do that. I'd rather be European and ensure my rights to stay here are enshrined than be tied to a country that I feel so distanced from since the Brexit vote,” one woman who is going through the process to become Spanish recently told The Local.
Becoming Spanish is a process requiring ten years residency plus passing both a language and citizenship test and across the Costas there has been a surge of enrolments on special Brexpat courses.
“I voted 'Leave' because I believe in democracy and the idea that an unelected body can govern over us, is not one I support” one British leave voter told The Local recently.
“I realize that puts me in an awkward position because I live in Spain and want to continue to do so. My vote angers expats here as well as many of my friends at home, but I really believe the EU is flawed.”
These Bre-leavers are hard to come by and some have gone into hiding, but many, like “Expat Steve” from France who had LBC radio host James O'Brien shaking his head in disbelief, are fighting their corner.
Brexpat Steve said he was “very happy with the referendum result” but had no desire at all to return to Britain. He firmly believes Brits will be able to live in their adopted countries freely just as they did before.
It's likely that every Brit in Spain, no matter what Brexpat tribe they belong to, would be happy to see that.
Where will Brexit negotitations lead us? Photo: F Govan