Tuesday, October 19

mixed emotions at the imminence of Brexit

London Correspondent



“If there is a trade agreement, Brexit is going to be wonderful, the United Kingdom is going to be the center of the world, the new Hong Kong.” This is how optimistic he is Germán Yáñez Márquez, one of the partners of the accounting firm and agency Savinvest. Through his work, Yáñez has been a direct witness to the arrival of many freelancers and small Spanish entrepreneurs in recent months. In conversation with ABC, he confirmed that many are trying to do so in these last days of the year, something that has been complicated by the limitation of travel due to the new variant of the coronavirus. «There are people who are desperate because it’s your last chance to come “, he says, and affirms that” politicians on both sides have had very populist positions, and that is why things have gone as they have gone “, but considers that” the United Kingdom is more prepared for Brexit than it seems ” , thanks to the organization of their companies and a “very benevolent” tax system. Oscar Sanchez Santos, from Regumiel de la Sierra (Burgos), and who works as a second head chef in a restaurant in the City, is calm because “Brexit is not going to affect us in such a significant way as I thought in 2016 when the yes “in the referendum, and feels that this is” a country that does things well “and that” gives him security to start a family “with his wife, a Filipina, although he acknowledges that” European countries, if they are united, they are stronger”.

Very critical is shown Carmen Pascual, Valencian with 22 years in Surrey, and who has had two children here. He is currently collaborating with an organization that helps vulnerable community citizens to apply for pre-settled status or residence permit. “It is very sad and unfortunate that due to the ego and the arrogance of the political class this situation has been reached that is going to lead the country into an economic recession,” she says, and is concerned about the “rising cost of everything what matters ». “Brexit is a defeat for all,” he says Francisco Javier Sancho Pérez, from Malaga and living in Reading for five years with her partner. “I am sure that in the long term the British economy will regain its strength, although I believe that in the short term it will be chaotic for companies,” he says, adding: “I do not think it will have as much impact for the Europeans as for the British” and these previous days «I live them with one eye on the possible agreement and another on the pound. And Brexit will mean the beginning of my return to Spain … there are too many unknowns about contributions, taxes, rights and the fit of European citizens in the long term ”, he highlights.

The best of both worlds

Miguel Luis Gonzalez, a 36-year-old from Madrid, has been in London for eleven years, where he has a partner and two children, and believes that “Brexit is going to affect more the British who will not be able to study in the EU, instead the children of the European citizens who live here yes they are going to have that opportunity ». Thus, he details that «we and our children will continue to have the best of both worldsBut they are not, they are the ones who are going to have the worst time because they have lost a lot of rights at once, and it makes me feel a bit bad because they are our friends, our neighbors, my children’s friends ». “I am concerned that the quality of life changes, how it will affect the pensions for those of us who have years of contributions here and there, and how the recognition of studies will be,” he says.

«I have understood why many are in favor of leaving the EU. They say it will be favorable enjoy freedom to close trade agreements with new countries with which being in the EU could not, and as they say, regain control of their laws, “he says Alvaro de la Rocha, Sevillian in Manchester, but affirms that in reality “nobody knows very well what is going to happen.” “However, I am optimistic: Spain and the United Kingdom have strong ties, and whatever happens we will continue to have a good relationship,” he asserts, while for Rocío Lebrero Romero, from San Fernando, Cádiz, and married to a Briton , “Brexit is the worst decision this country has made, I think it was a tantrum in its day and now we will pay the consequences.”

Sara Botella Matalí, a Valencian also with a British partner living in Lancashire, says that “these previous days we are living expectantly, I think it will negatively affect both the Spanish and British economies” and affirms that her plan is “to spend a couple of years more here and then move to Spain permanently ».

Newcomer is Alejandro Bellón Gómez, from Jerez de la Frontera, who landed in Keswick, Cumbria, in July this year, to arrive before Brexit and get residency. “Young people wanted to be in the EU, so I think that at some point the UK will be part of it again” and in the meantime “we will be waiting to see if a pact is reached now Or maybe once Boris Johnson leaves. “I think that we are better here than in Spain, for example when it comes to helping workers for the Covid issue,” he says, adding that “sometimes you have to lose what you have to know how to appreciate what you have lost, and this is going to be a turning point for the UK to feel more European. ‘ “Both parties have lost a lot with Brexit, but I am hopeful that this will change in the future,” he concludes.

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