The human cost of Brexit

Raymundo LarraĆ­n Nesbitt, June, 1. 2021

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Abogado - lawyer
1st of June 2021

Roberta Smithee’s biggest dream had always been to retire to Spain with her loving partner. She had worked hard all her life and had build up a considerable pension pot to that end, diligently saving every month of her life. She had planned ahead carefully and had done all that was expected and required from her.

Now all her dreams have been shattered and taken away from her by the hubris of conservative UK politicians.

Brexit has meant she no longer meets the required income threshold to retire and live in Spain, applying for Spanish residency. Her story echoes that of thousands of other would-be applicants who I am now forced to turn down, day after day.

For it is not the job of smug politicians to deal with all this human tragedy they have sowed, the broken pieces are left for me and my colleagues to pick up and explain to elderly people how and why they can no longer retire to Spain and live in happiness their twilight years as scores of our expats have been doing over the past decades unfettered.

Roberta, in a pre-Brexit world, would have more than qualified to live in Spain. Now, in a post-Brexit world, she and her partner no longer meet the ludicrous €34,000 income threshold to live in Spain all year round.

It is fair to point out these laws were in fact already in place before Brexit and affect all non-EU nationals that seek to apply for Spanish residency on a non-lucrative visa (NLV, or pensioner visa). But this will not assuage her anger or provide her with any solace. She and thousands of other senior applicants have seen their Spanish dream stolen away because separatist politicians failed to properly explain to them the dire consequences of casting a vote to break away from the Union.

But surely this story won’t spoil the lovely posh holidays in Portugal of those ultimately responsible for Roberta’s broken dreams, and those of millions of others, as they are all too busy painting their toenails in fancy colours.


I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed.– David Cameron

David William Donald Cameron (1966). Is a British politician. Cameron served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016, and as Member of Parliament for Witney since 2001. The Leader of the Conservative Party between 2005 and 2016. Cameron would see his leadership challenged from within his own ranks, imbued by hubris he placed a huge wager against a EU referendum to selfishly secure his grip as leader of the Conservatives, gambling all our children's future. His gamble backfired spectacularly, and separatists won, even if by the slimmest of margins, to break away from the Union ousting him from power. He will pass down in history as the man who, opened Pandora’s box, broke away from the Union after 47 years, and who gave wings to separatist movements within the United Kingdom, which now relentlessly seek to tear the country apart abetted by foreign non-Western powers. Never in history has a single man inflicted so much damage to the cause of remaining united.

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