THE mayor of a Costa del Sol town and its foreign residents councillor have come out in ‘support and gratitude’ for their expats.
In the wake of 51.9% of British voters choosing to Leave the EU, the destiny of expats in Europe has been thrown into question.
While membership to the EU guarantees free healthcare, free movement, reasonable tax rates and more, now expats are unsure where these rights and benefits will be maintained.
Many could not vote in the crucial Referendum with anyone a non-UK resident for more than 15 years disenfranchised.
In Manilva, mayor Diego Jose Jimenez and foreign residents councillor Dean Tyler Shelton have released a message of ‘gratitude and healing’ to its expats.
“We want to send a crystal clear message to every single British resident or second home owner living in Manilva,” a letter explained.
“You have made our town your home and you are more than welcome to be here sharing the best of what we have. We are only a small town on the western edge of the greater Costa del Sol Region of Southern Spain but we would like to take this opportunity to express to you our enormous gratitude for the cultural, economical and social contribution you make to our home. Our sentiment and resolution will not change because of the negative result of the Brexit referendum.”
It added that there are well over 3,000 British expats registered as living in Manilva on a permanent basis and ‘many thousands more invested in one way or another’.
“You all bring huge benefits to our town, investing in businesses, buying homes, paying taxes and social security, working and contributing to our everyday lives and enriching our cultural diversity,” it read.
On a conciliatory note, the letter added that ‘it falls to us as people to pick up the pieces and make sure any changes that may come in time are as painless as possible for you, while hoping there will be few, if any at all’.
It continued: “Furthermore it is all of our responsibility to help heal the many divisions that have arisen amongst families, friends and neighbours throughout the whole period of this campaign.”
“It’s now time to focus on what unites us, rather than that which divides us.”