Alan Cuthbertson – Brexit


If you think about it East Leeds is very much like the Costa Del Sol, though you may not agree when looking out of your window on a rainy day. What I mean is the diversity of the people that live there. East Leeds has people from all four corners of the world and from all walks of life. Most of which get on with each other, contribute to society and just want the best for their families. It’s not that different over here. Many of my friends are from different countries and we all share those same values.


One thing we all have in common is the uncertainty that hangs over us as a result of the ‘Brexit’ vote. There are so many rumours going around the expat communities, both here and there, that no one knows what to believe. We are reassured that international law prevents the forced return to native countries, but when it comes to things like healthcare, then all bets are off.

Spain has long been the choice of pensioners to see out their retirement, the warmer weather having obvious health benefits. If the free medical cover was to be removed by the Spanish, something they have already warned, then there would be no alternative for many but to return to the UK.

I was prepared for a little backlash from my Spanish friends over the decision to leave the European Union, but to be honest most of them have asked with concern “What will AlanCuthbertsonbrexit-van-cleefhappen to you now?” I simply reply by bringing my shoulders up to my ears, show the palms of my hands and turn down the corners of my lips…. the traditional Spanish reply when you don’t have an answer to a question, or you are accused of a foul on the football pitch.

When asked this question by my close, Spanish friend, Van Cleef (named due to his similarity to the actor) I jokingly replied “Want to buy a cheap house?” His answer of “Allllaan. I don’t have to buy it. When we have sent you back to England, I will just take it. I will send you pictures of me laying by the pool.” I think he was joking.

AlanCuthbertsonBrexir-ac2On a serious note, the initial impact of the ‘leave’ vote was on the Euro currency exchange. On the evening of the referendum you could get about 1.34 euro to the pound. A couple of days after the result it went down to 1.16 euro to the pound. Of course this not only affects the people living in Europe, but also everybody who holidays there too. From now on your cheap Spanish beer may not be all that cheap in the future……We’ll wait and see.

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