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Thursday 29 June 2017

The EU To Weaponise Victor Meldrew

Just how many Brits are there living in the EU?

Taking Spain as an example, the ONS reports that the population of British citizens resident in Spain was 296,600 in 2016. Within this figure 121,000 (40%) British residents in Spain were aged 65 and over in 2016; this number has more than doubled since 2006.

Whereas there were 116,000 Spanish citizens resident in the UK in 2013 to 2015.

This means, as the ONS helpfully points out, that there are over twice as many Brits living in Spain as there are Spanish people in the UK.

At this point I would remind Theresa May and David Davis that if we don't sort out the rights of EU citizens in the UK to everyone's satisfaction, we will be inundated with hundreds of thousands of "Victor Meldrews" returning to these shores, without accommodation, in declining health and in a very grumpy frame of mind!

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