Expat POLL: Will Spain regret not making new rules easier for British pensioners? VOTE
Spain: British expats face threat of return to UK warns expert
New rules have impacted expats across the continent now the UK has fully cut ties with the European Union. Under Spanish rules, pensioners must now prove an annual salary of £21,000 despite the UK state pension being just over £6,500 a year, meaning Spain could face an exodus of Brits. It comes after Spain started to enforce 90-day stays on unregistered Brits living in the country.
In light of those new rules impacting UK citizens,Express.co.ukis asking in today’s exclusive poll: “Will Spain regret not making new rules easier for British pensioners?”
Four months after Brexit, Spain has not relaxed the rules for Britons living in the country, despite the estimated £12billion UK nationals pour into the local economy.
Large numbers of Britons returned to the UK ahead of the end of the three-month visa-free period which ended on March 31.
The three month period came into force after freedom of movement came to an end following Brexit.
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Under the new rules, if Britons are found to be in Spain past the three month period, they could face deportation from the country as they would be classed as an undocumented migrant.
Moira Carmenate, of the Expat Centre in Costa Blanca South, said she had been surprised Spain hadn’t dropped the regulations amid the threat to so many UK nationals leaving in the country.
She toldExpress.co.uk: “We kind of expected them to have changed the rules by now, but then who knows what they’re thinking?
“I’d be surprised if they don’t change it but you can’t second guess what they’re thinking.