Talking Brexit with the British in Spain II

Talking Brexit with the British in Spain II

In the second report from her in-depth research with UK citizens who have made their homes and lives in Spain, Karen reflects on the similarities between leave and remain voters and highlights how Brexit taps into deeply emotional understandings of national identity and belonging. She also summarises what the draft withdrawal agreement says about citizens’ rights and what this means for UK citizens in Spain. As she shows, while current agreements permit some reassurance, people are still seeking information about how to continue their lives as before. 

Talking Brexit with the British in Spain

Talking Brexit with the British in Spain

By Professor Karen O’Reilly

In this first report based on her in-depth research with UK citizens who have made their homes and lives in Spain, Karen draws out the initial themes from her conversations, highlighting the key characteristics of this population, the profound impacts that Brexit is having on people’s lives, their concerns for their futures, and how Brexit is causing people to ask questions about where they belong in the world.

You can also hear Karen talk about this initial round of research on the Brexit Podcast. 

The disconcerting caveat: ‘nothing is agreed until everything is agreed’

karen_oreillySince the start of the ‘Brexit Brits Abroad’ project in July last year, Karen has made two long field trips to Spain, in October 2017 and January 2018. She has undertaken over 40 interviews, and numerous informal conversations, with over 100 British people living in Spain and representatives of campaign and support groups. Many of these conversations have continued over time through Skype, email and telephone. In the first of her posts reflecting on her second trip, she reflects on how agreements on citizens’ rights have been received by those taking part in her research.

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The draft withdrawal agreement and other things: what do we know so far?

karen_oreillySince the start of the ‘Brexit Brits Abroad’ project in July last year, Karen has made two long field trips to Spain, in October 2017 and January 2018. She has prepared this post as a way of responding to some of the areas of concern raised by those she has been speaking to.

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Leavers and Remainers and a shared passion for Britain’s future

karen_oreillySince the start of the ‘Brexit Brits Abroad’ project in July last year, Karen has made two long field trips to Spain, in October 2017 and January 2018. She has undertaken over 40 interviews, and numerous informal conversations, with over 100 British people living in Spain and representatives of campaign and support groups. Many of these conversations have continued over time through Skype, email and telephone. In the second of her posts reflecting on her second trip, she reflects on how changing feelings about Britain among UK citizens living in Spain.

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Doing the Hokey Cokey: The British abroad mirror the Brexit Divide in all its complexity

Spain cropped photo by johan-mouchet-266784 (Unsplash)In the first of our long read blogs, Karen reflects back on her research with Britons living in Spain, to locate contemporary questions about Britain’s relationship(s) to Europe emerging through Brexit within a longer history of Britain’s ambivalence towards Europe. 

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