British expats have been told they will not be in limbo
Paul Quigley reassured the 300,000 UK nationals living in Spain they will not be in limbo during Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) because “Spain needs Britain far more than Britons need Spain".
Despite Spain sending a threatening message challenging the British rule of Gibraltar, Spain will want to desperately cling on to “wealthy and monied” UK expats because its economy has been “decimated” by the beleaguered bloc, he said.
He told Express.co.uk: “Spain needs Britons far more than Britons need Spain. The Spanish government, under the rule of Brussels bureaucrats, has been decimated.
Brexit Negotiations: Britain's sternest enemies Tue, April 4, 2017
According to a new index, the EU27 countries fall into three groups: hard-core, hard and soft. These are the countries with the highest scores which indicate a fairly strong opposition to Britain’s position
AFP/Getty Images 1 of 7
France has the highest score in the index at 32.5
Theresa May has promised to put the rights of citizens first
Spain needs Britons far more than Britons need Spain
Paul Quigley, independent political commentator
“Even Catalonia wants out and even wants to secede from Spain itself.
“Without British expenditure there, Spain's economy will cave in far sooner than if it remains in the EU basket case.
“However, if Catalonia also exits Spain and then the EU, the whole of Spain's industrial heartland will also have gone.
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
“So, they will desperately need the patronage of wealthy and monied Britons to help prop up their ailing economy.”
Theresa May vowed to “put our citizens first” in a plea to secure the rights of Britons abroad and EU nationals in the UK as a matter of urgency when she triggered Article 50 at the end of March.
Mr Quigley said: “International law supersedes any faux undemocratic 'regulations' that the Brussels commissars would have you believe. They tend to spout a lot of nonsense and you should pay no heed to it.
“The British Government will ensure that all subjects of Britain and their interests are protected at all times during and after this entire
“There will be no EU knee-jerk reactions and, again, anything to the contrary is just alarmist rhetoric.”
Reassuring expats that “nobody will be in limbo”, Mr Quigley said Britain had become the “only safe haven in all of Europe” following its decision to unshackle itself from the Brussels club.
He told Express.co.uk: “Under international law, all people have inalienable rights.
“Again posturing by the EU over this issue is purely a political tool they may attempt to brandish but ultimately it will fail, just as their undemocratic project is now inevitably set to collapse.
“Britain has become the only safe haven in all of Europe now. Capital flight to London and the rest of Great Britain is already well underway.
“The euro, along with Frankfurt and Brussels, are no longer seen as safe harbour for assets and big money is shifting over to Britain.”
He added: “It is clear, the entire EU project is about to tank.”
Britain is currently in an ongoing row with Spain over the future of Gibraltar after it emerged EU President Donald Tusk had handed Spain a say in the future of the Rock after the UK leaves the bloc.
The controversial announcement caused consternation on the Rock, where the overwhelming majority of residents want to remain British but also voted massively to remain in the EU.