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Brexit chill for Spain's expat Brits

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 01:28

British expats lured by the warmth of Spanish sunshine now feel the chill of the Brexit vote as they ponder an uncertain future. Paul Chapman reports.

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The resort town of Javea is home to some of the 800, 000 Britons lured by Spain's warmer climate, cheaper property and Mediterranean lifestyle. Britain's vote to leave the European Union's sent a chill wind their way as they consider what the future now holds. Among their main worries are pensions and health care. (SOUNDBITE)(English) THOMAS McCARNEY, BRITON LIVING IN JAVEA, SAYING: "I get health insurance here, public health insurance. It's been very very good. I don't know what's going to happen with the results. We're all in limbo, we've just got to wait see." (SOUNDBITE)(English) TONY LAWTON, BRITON LIVING IN JAVEA, SAYING: "It means for Britain that winter is coming. Things are going to get really bad and the people worst affected by it will be the poorest people in Britain who unfortunately are the people who mainly voted in favour of leaving." Spain's the most popular destination for British migrants in the EU. Javea's Spanish business owners are also wondering what's going to happen. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ANTONIO AGUADO, CO-OWNER OF LOCAL RESTAURANT, SAYING: "This could affect us because if the pound goes down they're going to have less purchasing power, they will stay less days here. Some people might not even come, or if they do they will spend less. Of course that's going to have an impact on our business." Britain's EU exit's featured prominently in final campaigning throughout Spain ahead of a general election on Sunday.

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Brexit chill for Spain's expat Brits

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 01:28