HUNDREDS of thousands of Brits living in Spain could sue the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a leading Conservative MP has claimed.
In a warning, the Tory MP for South Leicestershire, Alberto Costa, said the next prime minister faces ‘an enormous unprecedented amount of legal action’ if the rights of EU citizens residing in Britain are not protected within legislation before October 31.
But Costa also warned that British expats living in Europe could be unfairly penalised if the next leader fails to secure their rights too.
Brits living abroad would have a strong case to sue, Costa warned, if they unfairly lose their rights to pensions, healthcare and long-term residency.
In a missive to the next PM, which will be decided today, Costa wrote: “No peacetime British government has ever abrogated the rights enjoyed by over a million of its own citizens overnight.
“As a former UK government lawyer I can reasonably foresee an enormous unprecedented amount of litigation raised by British citizens.
“This would undoubtedly result in a severe challenge to the stability of your government.”
It comes after Costa met with the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier last week in a bid to guarantee citizens’ rights.
He led an emergency task force of cross-party MPs who were warned that Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement was the best way to guarantee to rights of citizens affected by Brexit.
Barnier said it will be up to individual countries to decide what rights its UK residents will be allowed to keep in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Officially, at least 1 million Brits live across Europe.