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The election may be over but the wait continues

May's lost majority is seen as a rejection of her Brexit plan.
May's lost majority is seen as a rejection of her Brexit plan. / AFP
  • Many British expats suspect that negotiations about their future will take time, no matter who is in government

There may be a general sigh of relief in the UK that the snap election is over and Brexit negotiations can now begin, but the waiting continues for British people living in Spain who are concerned about their future.

British residents watched on Thursday as voters in the UK went to the polls. Rather than excitement there appeared to be a sense that nothing is likely to change, at least in the immediate future, whoever ends up forming a government.

The EU, negotiating as a bloc, wants to settle the arrangements for EU nationals in the UK and British nationals in other EU countries as a priority, but Theresa May was reluctant to move forward and refused to unilaterally guarantee rights for EU nationals in the UK.

The wait is being described as frustrating, especially for those who were denied a vote in the referendum and in the general election despite a Conservative pledge to introduce votes for life.