ON THE last session of European parliament before Brexit on January 31, a Spanish MEP had a clear message for expats wanting to remain part of the EU.

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SPANISH MEP: Esteban Gonzalez Pons

Esteban González Pons said: “Many of you have built your lives here in Europe, many of you have married here, some of you have children that were born here – we are neighbours.

“Most of all, we are friends, we are relatives, there is something that we cannot and will not forget.

That is why I want to tell you, no matter what happens after 31 January, you will always belong to Europe.

“And as long as it’s your wish to stay with us, the European Union will always be your home. So from the bottom of my heart, I won’t say goodbye. I won’t say see you soon. I only say stay with us. The European Union is your house.

However, Brexit MEP and star of reality television, Anne Widdecombe, accused the EU of “political myopia.”

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BREXIT MEP: Anne Wiidecombe

UK MEPs officially left yesterday today (January 16), with a two week grace period to clear their desks.

The UK is due to start withdrawing from the EU at midnight on January 31 (11pm GMT) with a series of negotiations taking us up until the UK is considered out.

Do Olive Press readers that have chosen to live in Spain, actually feel “at home”?

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