Mayor of Torremolinos offers support at Brexpats meeting

 The mayor of Torremolinos addressed the British expat population during last week's meeting.
The mayor of Torremolinos addressed the British expat population during last week's meeting. / T. B.
  • José Ortiz claimed he clearly understood the problems that might be faced by British expatriates when the UK finally leaves the EU

The mayor of Torremolinos showed his support for the local British community during a meeting hosted by Brexpats in Spain last week in Torremolinos. The talk focused on the effect the forthcoming Brexit could have on British residents in Spain and covered subjects like dual nationality, driver's licences, pensions and the campaign to raise awareness of residents' rights to vote in Spain.

The event, chaired by the president of Brexpats in Spain, Anne Hernández, was attended by British consul for Andalucía and the Canary Islands, Charmaine Arbouin, and several lawyers and financial specialists.

The Mayor of Torremolinos spoke of his respect for the local British expats, saying that they are “extremely important for Torremolinos, and also for Spain”.

He highlighted the long-standing historic link enjoyed by Spain and the UK, claiming that he was “quite certain” that a bilateral agreement between the two countries could soon be agreed.

The mayor, who had recently met with British ambassador, Simon Manley, said, “I clearly understand the problems that might be ahead for expats when the UK finally leaves the EU.”

He also expressed the town hall's desire to acknowledge the concerns and worries of local British expats in Torremolinos, promising to organise a special platform where information will be available.

“I hope all these problems will be ironed out so the British residents in Spain can continue living as they have been for so many years. We have almost 2,000 British residents registered on the padrón and there was a 20 per cent increase in British tourism in Torremolinos last year: we obviously hope that the effects of Brexit will not have an impact on that,” the mayor said.

Charmaine Arbouin added, “Although we still do not have all the answers, most of your worries will be overcome if you are a legal resident. Those who are not registered should do so now and not leave it to the last minute, because there is already a waiting list of up to one month.”

She went on to say: “My general message is quite simple. Make sure that you are registered on the padrón and that you hold a resident's card, and you will be able to live and work in Spain exactly as you do now.”