Brexit Blamed For Barren Beaches In Europe. Desolate and barren beaches cause concern for businesses in Europe.
Brexit Blamed For Barren Beaches In Europe
British business owners in European beach destinations are alarmed by a lack of tourists, and are laying the blame for the bare and barren beaches firmly at the door of Brexit. Official figures show a staggering 98.4% decrease in the number of beach users this month, compared to August last year.
The situation is so bleak that some business owners are predicting a complete collapse of the local economy. Casey Jean Parker runs a bar on the paseo in Torremolinos on the Costa Del Sol. She told us “I opened my bar here in August last year, and since then business has just been tailing off. It’s getting quieter and quieter month by month. The beaches are now deserted. I certainly can’t afford to continue like this, the whole of southern Spain could go bankrupt if something isn’t done soon”.
Lani McKenzie is an expat from Birmingham living in Marbella. She believes that Brexit is to blame, saying “actually I’m not from Birmingham, I’m from Aston. Brexit is breaking us. In the months running up to it, tourist numbers were falling. Now it’s happened there are hardly any tourists here at all. We rely on British tourists, and because of Brexit they are staying away. I’ve never seen the beaches as empty as they have been this week”.
Many expats are now considering packing up and abandoning their place in the sun. Anne Fernandez runs a Facebook group where people can express their outrage over important political topics like Brexit and the availability of rhubarb custard sweets in Spain. She says “My members are outraged that Brexit is breaking businesses in Europe. Without tourists, we are nothing. It’s so quiet now, many of my members who own businesses are thinking of packing up and heading back to Britain, if they can get a visa, or whatever we need to get over the border now they’ve taken back control. There are actually some people here who voted for it, now the economy is crashing, it’s their fault”.
Not Specifically Brexit Related
Politician Matthew Brody from the Costa Regional Andalucian Party thinks that the problem is not specifically Brexit related. “It can’t be Brexit because it’s not just the Brits who are staying away. There is no one on the beaches. No Welsh people, no Irish people, no French people, no Scandinavian people, no Tibetan people. No one. We need to find the real reason for this and stop taking the easy option of blaming Brexit for everything”.
Butch Halfwit from Doncaster says that the potential collapse of the European tourist industry vindicates his decision to vote for Brexit. “I always said they need us more than we need them, now we’re here in February, less than one month since Brexit, and their beaches and bars are empty. We won.”
Local businessman Frazzle from the Old Bunion Sports Bar in Fuengirola was about to give us a comment on how a lack of tourists is affecting his business, but he spotted a staff member throwing away food which had been dropped on the floor and went off to shout at her for not serving it anyway.
Stew Pidd lives in Benalmadena. He says “ This is fake news. Obviously. Anything which is beyond me must be fake news. Brexit is great. They need us more than we need them. Boris is best. Fake news.”
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Written by Mitch Buchanon, Costa Del Sol Update
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