'Deal? What deal?': Reaction from Brits in Spain

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'Deal? What deal?': Reaction from Brits in Spain
A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows PM Theresa May speaking during PMQT. Photo: AFP

Much has been made in the media today about the latest developments in the Brexit negotiations but how have British residents in Spain reacted to the news?


Sue Wilson, chair of Bremain in Spain, shared her thoughts with The Local.

"The reactions from Bremain in Spain members have ranged from serious concerns over our future citizens’ rights to 'I’ll believe it when I see it'," she said.

“It’s been difficult for many to know how to react to the news, as there’s so little information available. We’ve been told a deal has been done, that the UK and the EU have reached an agreement, but where is the evidence?"

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"There has been no announcement from Theresa May or confirmation from Michel Barnier. Only a qualified comment from Ireland's Deputy Premier, Simon Coveney, that negotiations were ongoing and have not yet concluded.”

"During Prime Minister’s Question Time today, May described the 500 page document as a “draft agreement”, while her deputy, David Liddington, described it only as a “provisional agreement between negotiators”. A statement to the House is not expected until tomorrow, after the Cabinet has met this afternoon.

Wilson adds: “It would seem the only sure thing is that the proposed agreement has not been well received, neither by Remain or Leave supporters.”

"May has been meeting Cabinet ministers one at a time in an effort to garner their support. Whether she has succeeded, we shall wait to find out.

Wilson, who supports a People's Vote, concludes: “It’s possible that May will convince her Cabinet to go along with her proposal, but convincing parliament will be a different story entirely.

"Ministerial voices are getting louder and stronger in opposition to a damaging Brexit deal, and in demanding that the so-called ‘meaningful vote’ is just that. It’s crunch time. As the prospect of a deal failing in parliament increases, so does the very real chance of another referendum.

"Whatever May says, this isn’t over by a long shot. In fact, our chances of winning (another vote) just got a whole lot better!"

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Sue Wilson speaking at the "Stop Brexit" March in Manchester last year.


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