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Spain: 'A complete mess' - British expats stage anti-Brexit protest in Malaga

98 22.09.2019 Инфо

M/S British expats, two wearing masks of Queen Elizabeth II and her spouse Prince Philip, hold anti-Brexit rally in Malaga
M/S Man holds EU flag
C/U Woman holds sign reading: "Protect UK citizens rights in the EU"
C/U Protesters singing
M/S Speaker giving speech
M/S Man holds sign in Spanish
C/U Woman wraps herself in EU flag
C/U Woman holds EU flag on shoulder
W/S Protesters standing in circle
M/S Protester signs form at stand
C/U Protester signs form at stand
W/S Man holds EU flag
M/S Protesters hold Queen Elizabeth mask and EU flag
M/S Protester signs form at stand
C/U Man with EU flag
M/S Protesters listen to speech, sign reading: "Revoke Article 50"
C/U Sign reading (Spanish): "Better together, No Brexit"
M/S Protesters listening to speeches
M/S Protesters wrapped in EU flags applauding
C/U Sign with EU flag
M/S Children hold signs and UK flag
M/S Girl holds sign
M/S Protesters applauding
M/S Signs reading: "Take back control my home my freedom fights my future bollocks to [UK Prime Minister] Boris [Johnson] Right, Spanish: "I fight for the future of my grandchildren, I am European")
M/S Protesters standing and chanting
M/S Woman wearing hat with EU colours
SOT, Michael Soffe, British Malaga resident: "Who elected this Prime Minister? In facts he talks about democracy, bring back control, bring back democracy to Britain, what has he done to our Parliament? Destroyed our Parliament. He's trying to. We're not going to let them. Stop the coup!"
C/U Woman holds sign reading (Spanish): "I am European, my place, my freedom, my future, No Brexit" *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Harriet Paulet, British Malaga resident: "Having Boris Johnson as leader is awful. I mean, we have rights in Spain, we should have rights, everyone should have rights and I feel like Brexit has just become a joke now, it's ridiculous. These people are here because we don't know what our future holds, we live in a foreign country, we work here, we pay taxes, we vote here. What happens to us now? It's just a complete mess and it is infuriating that we have no say in who's leading our country, in what's going to happen to our rights. I've just bought a house here, what do I do now? I'm stuck."
W/S Protesters holds flags of Italy, England, UK, EU, Spain stitched together *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Harriet Paulet, British Malaga resident: "I worry that we are going to need green cards and just silly things like that. But it's the fear of the unknown. And the healthcare as well, healthcare is so important, what's going to happen to the NHS, what's going to happen to our healthcare rights here? It's the fear of the unknown with Brexit, and they're not telling us anything."
M/S Boy holds UK flag stitched to EU flag
M/S Girl holds flag
SOT, Maria Dolores Sanchez, Spanish Malaga resident (Spanish): "My sister is a language teacher there and she is fighting for the education of English children. Now she is helpless and does not know what will happen in her future. So I think governments should come together and reach an agreement. A beneficial agreement both for Spaniards living in England and for English people living in Spain.
In the meantime, if she doesn't have the English nationality that she is fighting to have, she is going to have problems at work."
M/S British expats hold anti-Brexit protest in Malaga's Constitution Square
SCRIPT
Roughly a hundred British citizens living in the southern Spanish city of Malaga held an anti-Brexit protest on Sunday.
Demonstrators were seen gathering in the city's central Constitution Square with banners and posters, wrapping themselves in European flags and calling on the UK government to revoke Article 50; the mechanism by which a country announces its intention to leave the EU according to the Lisbon Treaty.
"These people are here because we don't know what our future holds, we live in a foreign country, we work here, we pay taxes, we vote here. What happens to us now? It's just a complete mess and it is infuriating that we have no say in who's leading our country, in what's going to happen to our rights," said Harriet Paulet, a British resident in Malaga.
Many voiced their concerns about their future and the insecurity surrounding the UK withdrawal from the EU, as they fear they could be stripped of many of the rights they enjoy in their host country if Brexit comes into force without a deal on October 31.
The rally was also supported by the Spanish residents in a sign of solidarity with the British community.