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>> A move to the sunny shores of Spain's Costa del Sol is the dream for many a Brit. And until now, the EU's rules on freedom of movement meant they could live there without much bureaucratic fuss. People like bar owner Sue Aspian bet on Medina. But Brexit's uncertainty, especially this week's chaos, is making their worries compound.
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>> I do want to stay in Spain. I like the lifestyle, I like the Spanish people. And it's not that I don't want to be a Spanish citizen. I would prefer to be a British citizen, I was born and bred. But if it means staying here, then yes, I would have to consider Spanish citizenship.
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>> Reuters Isla Binny recently visited the area.>> The Spanish government has been at pains to reassure Britains in Spain that they will be protected after Brexit. But a sharp fall in the value of the pound versus the euro and concerns about what exactly life will be like after the exit from the European Union have kept many people here worried.
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Britains still buy many more houses in Spain than any other foreign nationality. But the share of that number that they make up has reduced since the Brexit vote from almost 22% in early 2016 to around 16% in late 2018. And many local estate agents here, say that people are holding off making such an investment until they have more of an idea of what their rights will look like.
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>> Around 300,000 Britons live in Spain, many of them retirees lured by the Mediterranean climate and calm pace of life. For now, those who've already made their homes and lives here, must simply watch and wait.