Remain campaigners urge expats to take part in huge anti-Brexit bonfire

It will coincide with the first EU referendum anniversary

LAST UPDATED: 15 May, 2017 @ 11:13
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Bonfire night firePRO-Europe campaigners have urged expats to take part in a huge anti-Brexit bonfire.

Members of Bremain in Spain want people living on the costas to throw pro-Brexit placards and memorabilia into fires lit to celebrate Fiesta de San Juan on June 23.

The date also marks the first anniversary of the British referendum on EU membership.

Sue Wilson, group spokeswoman, hopes participation in the event will remind UK politicians of expats’ opposition to Brexit, while showing Spaniards their wish to integrate into Spanish life.

“Our plan is to get as many people together,with placards with slogans like “strong and stable leadership’ and ‘Brexit means Brexit.’

“Most importantly, take loads of photos for us to use on our website and in press releases across UK and Spain.”

 

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  1. God save us from these terrible people!! Brexit is happening and will be the best thing for Britain, it sounds like these ridiculous people are having a hard time coming to terms with democracy. I also find it insulting that these people say that they represent the expats wish to stay in the EU, I’m an expat and myself and all my friends here are opposed to Britain’s membership. The whole protest is a joke too as it wants to show that Brits can integrate into Spanish culture, I’m pro Brexit and am at these celebrations every year. If you ask most hard working Spanish people if life was better before or after the Euro they will tell you it was better before with the peseta. Wealth has bee destroyed, living standards have gone down and youth unemployment is still at nearly 50%, a lost generation whilst Belgians and Germans who are making more money than ever flood here to buy second homes with their dirty euros! The sooner this corrupt and failed experiment fails the better for everyone in Spain. I’m proud to be British and the only country taking a stand against this corrupt, dying institution. And yes I will be throwing my EU flag on the bonfire at San Juan!

  2. “Most importantly, take loads of photos for us to use on our website and in press releases across UK and Spain.”
    Yes, let’s take loads of photos of us burning things we disagree with. Maybe, if we work really hard we could look like the Nazis, burning books in the 30’s, or if we think in a slightly more contemporary sense, like ISIS burning U.S flags.
    How clever and determined we will look burning things. This plan can’t possibly backfire..

  3. Why try and jump on the back of San Juan like there is going to be some recognition, The fires will be let for the San Juan occasion and nothing more…..what good will tacky placards and some tacky facebook page of followers do…..GET REAL AND GET A LIFE…..!!!!!!!!!!

    • You obviously have no idea of the scope of the work done by Bremain in Spain and Sue Wilson specifically. Bremain’s campaigners put in many, many hours of hard work fighting for the rights of ordinary people affected by Brexit. Not only do they have full and exciting lives, they’re positively influencing the lives of other people, too. Instead of mocking them, I suggest you ask yourself what YOU do to help others.

    • Jack Daww I couldn’t agree with you more. It is precisely because I want a life for myself and others that I applaud this idea from this group of dedicated people who like myself can see that Brexit will be a disaster for the UK . I will be there with the biggest, tackiest poster I can make.

    • How rude you are. I hope you are one of the wealthy pensioners who are not worried about brexit. Good for you but don’t tell other people seriously worried about brexit to get a life, have a little respect

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        Have respect for those that are sick and tired of all this rubbish……Brexit is happening….get over it and stop dragging the nation into the gutter….you people make me sick….!!!!!

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  4. “Most importantly, take loads of photos for us to use on our website and in press releases across UK and Spain.”
    Yes, let’s take loads of photos of us burning things we disagree with. Maybe, if we work really hard we could look like the Nazis, burning books in the 30’s, or if we think more contemporary, like ISIS burning U.S flags.
    How clever and determined we will look burning things like heroes..

  5. I agree with Jack Daww – the UK is finished. We need to turn our back on the place and try to enjoy life here as much as we are able – or allowed – to.

    • Lenox. If that is your attitude thank goodness you weren’t around when Churchill was alive asking people to fight for Britain. My Grandfather fought in 1st WW and I am now fighting for him. Churchill by the way was instrumental in the creation of the EU.

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    • i wouldn’t say the UK has had it….it WILL blossom and come good and the UK does not need the EU… the EU on the other hand does need the UK…..if France were to pull out the EU the EU would have no military power leaving it the weak pathetic organisation it is and run by CLOWNS…So although i voted to stay in the way things have panned out and the cards that the clown ´jumped up junker` has tried to deal i pleased the UK has had the balls to pull away…and as for these brexiteers or whatever they call themselves standing for all thats bollocks….i stand for myself… …what lies ahead in the future none of us know but one thing i am sure of…BRITANNIA RULES THE WAVES.

      and yes Lennox you are right…this is not a dress rehearsal… lets get on and enjoy life

  6. Ohh for goodness sake, stop being so apathetic, we are doing this because of all the bad UK media statements, and showing the Spanish that we love and appreciate the wonderful people and beautiful country that is our home, where we have been welcomed with open arms.

  7. God save us from these terrible people!! Brexit is happening and will be the best thing for Britain, it sounds like these ridiculous people are having a hard time coming to terms with democracy. I also find it insulting that these people say that they represent the expats wish to stay in the EU, I’m an expat and myself and all my friends here are opposed to Britain’s membership. The whole protest is a joke too as it wants to show that Brits can integrate into Spanish culture, I’m pro Brexit and am at these celebrations every year. If you ask most hard working Spanish people if life was better before or after the Euro they will tell you it was better before with the peseta. Wealth has bee destroyed, living standards have gone down and youth unemployment is still at nearly 50%, a lost generation whilst Belgians and Germans who are making more money than ever flood here to buy second homes with their dirty Eu money !

  8. Waste of time, Labour have joined the Tories in saying Brexit means Brexit the only difference between the two is whether to commit economic suicide by hanging or Russian roulette with six bullets in the revolver. The only party with the guts to come out and say we are better off in are the Lib Dems and they stand no chance in the forthcoming election.

    • I can guarantee that we have more chance of changing things for the better if we try than if we don’t. “Waste of time” comments help nobody.

    • People used their hatred of David Cameron in the referendum vote, so why not take a leaf out of this book and vote lib dem. If voters take the attitude that lib dems have no hope, then that will be the case. They may not win overall, but enough of them to make a difference? Forget the stats vote for the party offering what YOU want.

    • People used their hatred of David Cameron in the referendum vote, so why not take a leaf out of this book and vote lib dem. If voters take the attitude that lib dems have no hope, then that will be the case. They may not win overall, but enough of them to make a difference? Forget the stats vote for the party offering what YOU want. Just do it!

  9. All the Spanish people we know cannot understand why we haven’t taken to the streets to protest…this is one thing we can do which is visible and imaginative. We do not accept that Brexit is inevitable…everyone know it does not make financial sense let alone have any advantages for anybody. The main thing that any of us can do if we are still able to vote, is do so.

    • The Spanish should probably be the ones to protest and to either get their country out of the EU – or at least demand reform of the EU in its present form.

      My wife an I also wish to retire in Spain. If necessary, we will take out Spanish Citizenship – but an impoverished Spain is in no ones interest (Except the Tsars of the EU, perhaps).

  10. Blocking my pro Brexit posts shows what a pathetic and biased little rag you are!! Low life publication for low life readers!!

  11. Brexit is happening and will be the best thing for Britain, it sounds like these ridiculous people are having a hard time coming to terms with democracy. I also find it insulting that these people say that they represent the expats wish to stay in the EU, I’m an expat and myself and all my friends here are opposed to Britain’s membership. The whole protest is a joke too as it wants to show that Brits can integrate into Spanish culture, I’m pro Brexit and am at these celebrations every year.

    • Any expat who voted for Brexit is quite obviously ignorant of what Brexit will mean. By all means, find it insulting that people are fighting to protect YOUR rights. Equally, I find it insulting that you’re not grateful for all the hard work that campaigners are putting in in order to help you, even though you voted Brexit and thus caused the problems we’re trying to solve.

      • bla bla bla….sick of hearing it now…..GET A LIFE….Brexit IS happening and nothing you or your tacky group can do about it….its a group of never beens with some has beens trying to get some recognition…… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

        • Not true, but I have no need to prove my success in life to the likes of you. We’re made of completely different stuff. Thank goodness.

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        • If you’re sick of hearing it, then don’t read it. No need to be so rude. People have different opinions, why not respect that instead of hurling abuse?

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        • LOL this is what an 80 year old fascist looks like. HawHaw, If you ever wake up, you should go and check what Lord Rothermere wants you to believe next, then come back and discuss it.

      • Quite honestly the best thing to do is ignore these stupid Brexiters, They have no idea about the reasons behind the EU partnership, it is obvious that their sole meaning in life is to ridicule other people for not wanting GB to make the biggest mistake since 1939. If the worst comes to pass they will stew in their own far-right mistakes and they can always read the propaganda rags they have obviously been reading for the last forty years.

        • The biggest mistake since 1939! Are you saying that the UK should have bowed their heads and let Hitler roll on in?
          My god you are pathetic.

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        • The EU partnership that has ruined Southern Europe financially and given it nearly 50% youth unemployment and a lost generation. You’re just self centered and care only about your own interests. Spain was much better before the EU!

    • It sounds like you are having a hard time coming to terms with democracy. The referendum wasn’t the referendum to end all referendums and public debate. In a democracy the people are entitled to hold different views and express them whenever they wish. The people are also entitled to change their minds if it turns out they were lied to…

    • Well it seems you feel that lies and corruption has a place in democracy. If you are an expat then you are here because of the hospitality the Spanish offer you, and the freedoms the EU have provided to you. From what you have said, you and your friends obviously seem to live in some Brit enclave and make your ‘token’ effort to join in with the ‘local peasants’ once a year. There is a lot more to Spain than some sort of ‘Little Britain’, and many to do live and work with, and along side, the Spanish people. They respect the country and the community. Perhaps you should get out more! I fail to understand why anyone would want to live in Spain and vote for Brexit. Absolute hypocrisy. Why not return to the UK and reap all the benefits you think Brexit will bring? ….or perhaps you want to stay and have it all your own way?

    • Why do you resort to name calling? “Ridiculous people ..” these are people who believe that Brexit is a very bad idea for the UK, they (we) believe the British people were sold a lie (£350m for the NHS, ongoing membership of common market etc etc.. ) we are concerned for the future economic stability of the UK. We are concerned for what that means for our families, for freedom of movement in the EU, the value of our pensions, ongoing EU healthcare…. there are many causes for concern, we’ve set up our lives here in the EU based on the rules as they were, now those rules have been turned upside down, of course we are concerned. And regarding protest – of course that’s ok, that’s part of democracy too, the leavers have been protesting for 40 years and nobody denied them that right.

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  12. If you ask most hard working Spanish people if life was better before or after the Euro they will tell you it was better before with the peseta. Wealth has bee destroyed, living standards have gone down and youth unemployment is still at nearly 50%, a lost generation whilst Belgians and Germans who are making more money than ever flood here to buy second homes with their dirty euros! The sooner this corrupt and failed experiment fails the better for everyone in Spain. I’m proud to be British and the only country taking a stand against this corrupt, dying institution. And yes I will be throwing my EU flag on the bonfire at San Juan!

  13. If you ask most hard working Spanish people if life was better before or after the Euro they will tell you it was better before with the peseta. Wealth has bee destroyed, living standards have gone down and youth unemployment is still at nearly 50%, a lost generation whilst Belgians and Germans who are making more money than ever flood here to buy second homes with their dirty euros! The sooner this corrupt and failed experiment fails the better for everyone in Spain

  14. If you ask most hard working Spanish people if life was better before or after the Euro they will tell you it was better before with the peseta. Wealth has bee destroyed, living standards have gone down and youth unemployment is still at nearly 50%, a lost generation whilst Belgians and Germans who are making more money than ever. The sooner this corrupt and failed experiment fails the better for everyone in Spain

  15. As usual, all we get from the Leave voters is abuse & accusations of being undemocratic – never a single argument explaining why the UK is better outside of the EU. It is not undemocratic to protest against something that you believe in – in fact, it is our democratic duty to the UK to speak out when the country is at so much risk from the biggest crisis for decades – all sold to the British public with lies & misinformation. The UK has always had control of its borders & immigration (but chose not to enforce it), UK has had sovereignty all the time (even May says so) & there was never going to be money for the NHS. Most Brits in Spain are in favour of staying in the EU, & our Spanish friends & neighbours are appalled at the result of the referendum, & very supportive of anything we can do to publicise our continued fight. This is not over, & Brexit is not a done deal.

  16. A great idea for combining the fight against Brexit with participation in Spanish culture. Sue is doing an amazing job on behalf of all expats here in Spain.

  17. I really find it difficult to understand how anyone who either works or has retired to Spain is in favour of the UK leaving the European Union. Are they not aware that the benefits such as health care could stop, I have been campaigning and will continue to campaign for the UK to remain. My husband and I will stay in Spain regardless of what happens and will do what we need to do to make sure that happens. My real sympathy is with the UK and the people as they will become more and more isolated from Europe and the rest of the world except the USA and Trump. As always it is the old and the young who will suffer as their benefits and right to travel freely are taken away from them.

  18. It is quite bizarre to think that the UK can leave the EU and somehow British immigrants to Spain will have all the same rights that they had due to membership of the EU.

    If you are no longer member of a club, you no longer have access to the club’s benefits – its delusional to think otherwise.

    • Not sure how your comment relates to anything mentioned in the article, but anyway – it’s not delusional to work towards a reciprocal agreement whereby EU27 citizens in the UK and UK citizens in EU27 countries have their existing rights protected. The EU has indicated that it is open to such an arrangement.

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    • We moved to Spain in good faith, a huge decision affecting the rest of their lives, & based on lots of research & evidence of what we could expect. We did not vote to have those rights & freedoms we had on arrival taken away from us.
      I agree that non-members should not have the benefits of club members, but we are being forced out of the club against our wishes, & some without the opportunity even to vote on the subject.
      The EU have stated quite plainly, in writing, that we should not be deprived of our rights & freedoms, nor should EU citizens in UK – it is only the UK government that is preventing this from happening.
      We will continue to campaign, not just to keep the rights we have, but to protect those rights for future generations.
      If we don’t keep what we have now, hundreds of thousands will be forced back to UK to rely on NHS, which wouldn’t be able to cope. They would also have to wait 6 months before they could even use the NHS, so elderly Brits, many with pre-existing health conditions could be in UK without any healthcare at all. I don’t think that’s what even the Leavers voted for.

    • The club! That’s hilarious!! Spanish come to the U.K. to work and earn money because the EU has screwed Southern Europe henc ludicrously high unemployment rates here. Brits come to Spain to spend their hard earned pounds. The Spanish government know this very well!!!

  19. I am disgusted by the comment on here by some of the UK citizens, especially if they live here permanently. You are immigrants in this beautiful country, so please treat people with respect. Bremain in Spain has worked tirelessly for those of us who love this country and still want to be part of the EU. I suggest many if you should take your bigoted disgusting selves back to your birth country. We all respect each other and our wonderful Spanish friends, and the country that’s welcomed us.

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  20. People voted for Brexit because the “Wanted their country back.” Be careful what you wish for. I don’t think they gave much thought to what that country was truly like.

    Remember “The Sick Man of Europe”? The Three Day Week? Currency controls on how much money you could take on holiday? Power cuts? Rubbish rotting in the streets? Mortuaries overflowing with bodies? How about Green Goddesses turning up instead of Fire Engines?

    Is that the country they want back?

    When Brexit is complete, the UK will we a lonely, insignificant little rock perched precariously on the edge of the World’s largest trading block. Sadly, they may very well get their country back.

    • Utter rubbish! What about the near 70 billion trade deficit!! The Eurozone is going to crumble financially soon. Italian banks will implode next then the French ones wil go. Then the whole waste of time that is the corrupt EU will be over!!

  21. I consider people who live here and voted to leave the EU as total idiots….turkeys voting for Christmas, and whatever “lowlife” means, if it means stupid and ignorant, then that has to be them! Oh, and I am not hiding behind a false name to post my comment!

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      errr…like we are interested…………NOT..!!!!!!!

  22. Brexit will be the end of the United Kingdom. Scotland and Northern Ireland will almost certainly break away, leaving just Wales and England to form a very small country. There is no longer a British Empire, and we have had our day as a world power. We will have very little negotiation weight on our own. Can the Brexiteers please tell me how many new Trading Deals little England has made so far? Once Mrs. May has taken us out with NO DEAL (which is her aim) and so many jobs are lost, who. apart from the lower and middle working classes are going to pay for the smaller police service, ambulance and fire services, hospitals ( ooh I forgot they are being privatised so only the well and rich can afford them) social services (on their knees), old people’s care (being closed), libraries (very few left mentally ill (worse off now than for 100 years). Who will do the jobs that British feel are beneath them, farm workers, cleaners, hotel staff, factory workers, NHS workers when noone from Europe is allowed?
    Other countries in the EU “control their borders” by not giving Social Security, Housing and handouts to anyone who has not worked for a legal minimum of time in their country. Why did the UK choose not to make these rules? Teresa May was Home Secretary and did nothing about it. She had the right to make those choices but did not. Why not? We have always been able to cut down on non-EU immigrants too. There are far more non-EU immigrants entering UK than EU. Why did she not do anything about them?
    We have always been part of the process of making all the EU laws. We had the same vote as every-one else, and normally got what we wanted when voting, so how can you say we had no say?
    We have always had Sovereignty in the EU. We never gave it away.
    Can you leavers please come up with one good reason to leave the EU. Not slogans, not profanities, not insults, but good reasoned arguements as to how we can possibly be better off out of the biggest Trading Union in the World?
    We have not yet left, so we have not seen the terrible consequences of leaving, but I can assure you, as somebody who has studied economics, they will come!!

  23. I see the remain fear mongers are still alive and kicking, never in all my life have I seen such an undemocratic mass of people who even now will not help with the exit from the EU but are still trying to fight against it with their pompous “we know better attitudes”.
    Don’t try using the argument that we did not know what we were doing because that is just a feeble excuse from the people who voted remain. The people who voted to leave knew it was going to be a hard difficult road but thought it was worth it, what they did not expect is so many people who voted remain being so undemocratic to want to reverse the decision because they do not agree with it.
    I am not happy with not winning the lottery but they will not keep pulling number until I win.
    Grow up, stop moaning and put your efforts into making the exit from the EU as good as possible.

  24. Have you anything to say Jack Daww that will change our minds and help us to see why you think Brexit is a good idea. Can you tell me what will be better when we have left. I don’t want to hear slogans, or insults, I want to hear reasoned arguements that will convince me that you are right. Over to you……………….

    • ddoooohhhh……come on Lynda lets bring you up to speed….this is not rocket science…..look who started the thread……im suer you can work it out from there

    • ddoooohhhh……come on Lynda lets bring you up to speed….this is not rocket science…..look who started the thread……im sure you can work it out from there

  25. I can’t think why any UK national living in an EU member state would have voted for Brexit. Then again, I can’t think why anyone would vote for Brexit full stop. The most devastating part of Brexit will be leaving the single market and the customs union and the slow trickle of businesses relocating to the EU27 has already begun. Brexit is quite simply an act of self harm but I am pleased that our friends in other member states will reap the benefits of these business relocations by way of extra jobs and subsequent tax revenue. The EU27 are going to make sure that Brexit works for them and who can blame them.

    I admire Sue Wilson and the work she and Bremain in Spain are doing. I think that those already resident in EU member states will probably retain their current status post Brexit but what about the future? How easy will it be for future generations to move to Spain?

    We face years of uncertainty with no prize at the end of the process.

    • That won’t happen. I’ve been here nearly 40 years, arriving just after Franco dying. So lived through the transition, fought for a work permit and lost and eventually saw Spain being accepted into the Common Market. Without the EU they would not be the country it is today. Read the Spanish papers and watch the Spanish news, you’d learn a lot.

  26. If you don’t like The Olive Press, don’t read it, stick to the Express and the Mail.

    If you hate the EU so much, don’t live in an EU member state or come to that, don’t even visit an EU country, there are plenty of other places.

    Enjoy Brexitland.

    • Newsflash most people who live in the EU hate the EU and it won’t exist much longer. Thanks for nearly 50% youth unemployment in Southern Europe you selfish narcissist. I’m sure you’ll be happy Blair is coming back to politics!

  27. King Richard the Hypocrite of Marbs. Dont like it? f### off, no will miss you. In 5 years I would be willing to bet Holland, Italy and Greece will be in the EU, but Scotland and NI won’t be in the UK (LOL) BTW You are aware Holland has already voted to remain?

    Jack HawHaw is a bit different, too old to think straight, or look after himself anymore. rolling in his own miasma of fascist filth, the “Farage loves Hitler” posters, slowly yellowing and peeling off the walls. Dreaming of what might have been had EDL ever had more than 20 members. Scared of anyone different, dribbling and trembling. He is trapped in place he hates, surrounded by people he is scared of. Not articulate enough to debate a point. But he probably needs our help and our health system, because he doesn’t sound able to dress himself.

  28. Problem with trolls bird brains , jack daww etc is they spout democracy without actually understanding what democracy actually is….primarily democracy is a voting system. Unless of course you want to look at the aristotle definition. Then of course they delight in completly undemocratic , within their own limited definition, behaviours. They are however only that trolls hiding behind annonimity , hypocritical ones at that.

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  29. I’m amazed at many of the comments above, not the insults or frankly purile vitriole being spouted as we have become accustomed to playground insults from the leavers. No, I’m amazed at the lack of reasoned argument from the leavers, although that amazement is slipping into boredom it kust be said.
    Leaving the EU is a monumentally silly thing to be doing, the cost to the economy alone should be reason enough to reverse this process. But what about all the rights we have enjoyed by dint of membership, the Human Rights Act, the European Court of Justice, harmonised standards across the Union that enable companies to trade freely, Health and Safety legislation, the Working Time Directive, and so many more things that have positively affect Britain and every other country in the EU.
    What are the reasons for leaving? Apart that is from the fact that the leave campaign won a dodgy referendum by employing lies (admitted even by the leave team) and now we are hearing funded by shady American billionaires. What can their agenda be I wonder? So, again, why leave? Freedom to set our own laws? Well the government have already said that we always could. To get away from the evil undemocratic EU? Well, I don’t think it an evil institution despite what the Daily Mail and others say, and it is certainly not undemocratic, MEP’s are elected I believe! So why are we leaving? Someone please tell me, in a reasoned well thought through way what Briton gets. On the balance sheet where are the benefits and how do they outweigh the negatives? And if your argument rests entirely on the purile ‘we won, suck it up’ please don’t bother as it simply shows us the limit of your intelect.

  30. Bremain loosers–sour milk–undemocratic–self obsessed–ill-informed–has beens–recognition searching–try to be somebody they are not–jumping on bandwagons–pasthetic.

    there are lots of words that describe the weak remain parasites….the above are just a few…!!!!

    very sad people….!!!!!!

  31. Bremain loosers–sour milk–undemocratic–self obsessed–ill-informed–has beens–recognition searching–try to be somebody they are not–jumping on bandwagons–pathetic.

    there are lots of words that describe the weak remain parasites….the above are just a few…!!!!

    very sad people….!!!!!!

  32. I have to say that I think of ‘Brexiters’ as racist, jingoist idiots. Imagine their fair land, returned to the green downs and leafy forests of Wordsworth. Perhaps ‘that green hill far, far away…’. The industry: the tin, the diamonds, the opium… all in far-reaches of the Empire.
    Sorry Jack, Gib is all that’s left.
    As for the Brit leavers – Continental Quitlings – who live in Spain: you are clueless. Can the UK even survive, filled with people (yes!) but with no industry, no foreign investment, no trade? The main problem that Europe had, the baleful ‘niet’ of the British veto, has gone!
    Just sayin’.

  33. Quote. From the article above: “Sue Wilson, group spokeswoman, hopes participation in the event will remind UK politicians of expats’ opposition to Brexit, while showing Spaniards their wish to integrate into Spanish life.”.

    Non of you spotted it, did you? Showing Spanish Monkeys who want to INTEGRATE INTO SPANISH LIFE???

    Are you still into George Formby or what?

    Por favor!!!!!!

    You guys need a Brexit, or you will never ever learn.

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