Benalmádena mayor to formally pledge support for British expats after Brexit

  • Britons are the biggest group of foreign residents in the municipality

The mayor of Benalmádena, Víctor Navas, has said that he will put a motion before the next council meeting that, if successful, will pledge the town hall's support for the British community in the resort after Brexit.

Britons are the biggest group of foreign residents and at a recent meeting with expats and the British Ambassador in the municipality, the mayor committed to maintain the same services as now to British residents and also echoed the ambassador's call for them to register on the municipal 'padrón' census to access a full range of support.

Now the mayor will go one step further and ask councillors to approve a motion formalising the town hall support, although elements are largely symbolic. The draft of the motion says support for Britons from Benalmádena will continue, "in the same way it has done since the referendum, even if the process ends with [the UK's exit] from the European Union." The motion also urges other public administrations to do the same, as well as calling for the UK and Spanish governments to guarantee British citizens rights as soon as possible.

As well as being on the town-hall padrón, residents from Britain have been urged by UK and Spanish governments to make sure they have the small green card, processed by National Police stations, that shows they are legally resident, in order to be best placed to maintain their rights after Brexit once a deal is finished.