By James Bryce
AN MEP has slammed Spain’s housing secretary, accusing her of being ‘in denial’ about the problems facing British expats.
UKIP’s Marta Andreasen accused Beatriz Corredor of failing to acknowledge the severity of Spain’s housing problems, during a heated exchange at a London property ‘roadshow’.
It came after Corredor claimed that a decree to legalise existing illegal properties combined with a reduction in home tax and falling house prices made Spain the ideal place to invest.
However, she failed to mention the thousands of expats who have been told their houses are illegally built and are excluded from local water and electricity supplies.
Andreasen said: “I can’t believe she refused to mention the fact that there are serious problems affecting Brits in Spain.
“The British are the largest amount of foreign property purchasers, but the bad reputation Spain has earned itself has seen interest plummet.
“This so-called ‘property roadshow’ aims to get the Brits spending again. But it is completely wrong.
“Regional governments pick fights with local governments, mayors and politicians take bribes, then get prosecuted for corruption – it really is difficult for any British person to trust anyone throughout the home buying process.”
Andreasen is currently urging the EU to freeze funding for Spanish regions until the issue is resolved.