Interim Brexit report highlights concerns

Prof. O'Reilly in October.
Prof. O'Reilly in October. / JENNIE RHODES
  • Professor Karen O'Reilly has published a document following her conversations with Brits living in Spain on the impact of the referendum

Following her research trip to Malaga in October 2017, Professor Karen O'Reilly has published an interim report on the initial findings of the Brexit Brits Abroad research project.

The report, 'What Does Brexit Mean for British Citizens Living in the EU27?' can be found on the Brexit Brits Abroad website ( It highlights the initial themes from O'Reilly's conversations with Britons living in Spain with regard to Brexit. Over the course of the project so far, the professor has gathered opinions from pro-Remain and pro-Brexit camps about the UK's departure from the EU and its impact on them.

Some of the key messages rom her work include, “The British abroad are a far more diverse group than are represented by the mass media, politicians and commentators,” and “Brexit is affecting people now both financially and emotionally.”

The project will continue throughout this year and O'Reilly plans to be back in Malaga later in 2018 to progress with her research, which is fed back to the UK in a Changing Europe and to government departments.

The professor of sociology and anthropology is currently employed part time by Goldsmiths, University in London, to work on the Brexit Brits Abroad research project, which is researching the impact that Brexit is having on Britons living in other EU countries.