"We are afraid we will not see much of our children and grandchildren"

24 July 2017

This story was sent to us by Trish, a UK citizen who lives in Spain.

"Every time the government give a statement about Brexit the pound falls and we are robbed of some of our pensions again. Last month it was 45 euros, this month we are 45 euros worse off. Next month it could be 50 euros. Who knows? Our rent has gone up by 50 euros so we are now having to go into our savings.

My 40 year old son has a very good job in Gibraltar. If Spain decide to close the border or inspect every car going through it can take hours to get over the border. Many people may choose to walk over, as my son does now, so the queues of people at the border, especially in the summer, will increase taking hours to go through and back. If Spain closes the border then hundreds and hundreds of people will lose their jobs including Spanish workers. I know this is ifs and buts and maybes, but my son is concerned for his future.

We have family in the UK who take advantage of cheap off season flights. Ryanair is already putting out statements about changes in the Open Sky agreement. Our family will find the costs prohibitive. We travel to the UK twice a year and our family comes twice a year at different times, we are afraid we will not see much of our children and grandchildren.

Our daughter is a lawyer. She had hopes of coming to live in Spain and work for one of the many law firms in Gibraltar. This looks unlikely now.

Although we have lived here for 15 years we are concerned about our future. Theresa May's government have offered a bad deal to EU citizens in the UK. We enjoy wonderful healthcare here, Spain is number eight in the world league tables, whereas, the UK is 30th just ten above the bottom of the league Saudi Arabia. The thought of having to leave our village home to go back to the misery of the UK makes us anxious at times."

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