Better together? For Brits in Spain, the benefits of the UK remaining in the EU are enormous.
A report published just hours after London Mayor Boris Johnson said that he would be backing the Brexit campaign found that the average Briton is around £3,000 a year better off with EU membership.
Johnson’s decision also saw the pound take its sharpest tumble on the currency exchanges for nearly a year as economists made it rather clear: big business, bankers and much of industry want Britain to remain in the EU.
However, people have grown tired of hearing about the wants and whims of corporations, and perhaps Boris was cleverly trying to tap into something more human – a fear of losing control of the UK’s borders, purse strings and sovereignty.
But there are many humanistic and personal reasons for the UK to remain in the EU that benefit every Briton. And there is one huge group of Brits who stand to lose more than most if Brexit becomes a reality – Brits in Spain.
With more than 1.2 million estimated to be living in Spain, this group of Brits is one of the largest outside the UK, and will be most directly impacted if votes go the way of the “Out” campaigners.
Here are five reminders why EU membership is great for British expats in Spain…