Currently hundreds of thousands of British ex-pats live and work in Spain and other EU countries.
Under EU law they can work without needing to apply for work permits or be subject to quotas because Britain is currently an EU country. Some people own beach bars, nightclubs, cafes, hotels, market stalls etc.
The majority of British work in Spain in places like Benidorm, Salou, Marbella. One nightclub in Benidorm employs mostly British staff.
If we leave the EU we will become non-EU citizens. Countries like Spain which have very high unemployment will be allowed to refuse work permits for Brits favouring unemployed Spaniards instead. There will also be quotas and only Brits with valued skills such as nursing or teaching qualifications may be allowed employment.
Similarly no British person will be allowed to claim state benefits in other EU countries.
Businesses like that nightclub owned by Brits will be required to employ local people some may be required to close down.
The result is hundreds of thousands of Brits returning to Britain jobless and homeless. Unemployment could reach historic levels in Britain.
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- Thread Starter
- 12-02-2016 19:27
- 12-02-2016 19:45
I think most countries will be sensible after Brexit and not force Brits to leave if Britain allowed EU citizens to stay in Britain. The issue will be Brits going out to find work in the EU after Brexit. This would be a particular problem for seasonal workers like the ones in Spain who has to find work at the start of each summer.
It would be interesting to see what would happen if say Britain wanted to force Hungarians or Romanians to leave but not other EU nationals, would all EU countries act in unison and force all Brits out of all EU countries or would it only be an issue in Hungary and Romania.
- 13-02-2016 06:42
We do jobs the Spaniards won't do, we dont complain we just wanna send money to family etc...
- 13-02-2016 09:53
Oh well, we can kick an equal number of Spanish/whoever out the country to give these people a job when they return if they want to play that game.
It seems the stay in EU campaign is going to use scaremongering tactics rather than list the benefits of staying in the EU. Could be because there's more benefits of leaving.
- 13-02-2016 10:12
scare mongering nonsense many Spaniards have moved to the UK to escape their huge unemployment rates and poor economic prosperity