Lawyer Raymond Nesbitt briefly reviews the Brexit checklist for expats living in Spain.
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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers
10th of October 2019
Well, it’s finally happening. Brexit is upon us.
We are on the run-up to the breakup of the Union, as we know it.
If you are an expat living in Spain, you’d do well to follow the rundown below:
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“There is a remedy which ... would in a few years make all Europe ... free and ... happy. It is to re-create the European family, or as much of it as we can, and to provide it with a structure under which it can dwell in peace, in safety and in freedom. We must build a kind of United States of Europe... for those who will, for those who care.” – Sir Winston Churchill, University of Zurich speech, 1946.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874 – 1965). Born into a privileged aristocratic family, he was an eminent British career officer, artist, historian, delicious eccentric and laureate writer – awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.” With dogged single-minded determination he defied alone, and managed to stave off, the tyrannical Nazi wave in WWII, unwaveringly assisted by our American cousins, which threatened to swallow whole the United Kingdom; as it had already overrun most of Europe. He resolutely led the country out of its darkest times, restored Europe's freedom and laid the groundwork for peace and prosperity which all future generations have come to enjoy since and taken for granted, or so it would seem. As a keen-eyed historian, in line with fellow Founding Fathers Schuman and Monnet, he was quick to grasp and understand the importance of a united Europe to avoid repeat past mistakes which had resulted in two world wars that ravaged the continent. Consequently, he became a staunch defender of the idea of creating a single supranational political and economic entity which reconciled old foes and would act as guarantor of peace & prosperity in the continent (in his own words, a “United States of Europe”); in time, this European fellowship would be known to us as the European Union. Churchill was instrumental, and the key driving force, behind the creation of the Council of Europe, a forerunner of what is now the European Union. He is credited as one of eleven Founding Fathers of the Union. Churchill incarnated like no other the best of British values. A child of the House of Commons, he was a proud servant of the State, never its master. A true statesman that would always put ahead of any consideration the best interests of his people, semper fidelis to Lincoln's Gettysburg ideals, by tearing down divisive walls and fostering at every opportunity union. Simply put, he’s likely the finest British politician ever to grace 10 Downing Street.
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