Brexiteers To Be Booted Out Of Spain. Uproar as local government begins deportation process for British residents on the Costa Del Sol who voted leave in the Brexit referendum.
Brexiteers To Be Booted Out Of Spain
British expats on the Costa Del Sol are facing the prospect of homelessness and deportation as local councils are given sweeping new powers to remove people from the area who voted against Britain remaining in the EU.
Trial By Social Media
Since the referendum in 2016, a team of Spanish social media experts have been analysing posts on Facebook and Twitter. They have developed an algorithm that can identify people who probably voted for the UK to leave the EU.
Pedro Permanecer heads up the Andalucian National Union Society who have been conducting the research. He says there are several things that the highly advanced algorithm is able to detect. “The first big clue to spotting a leaver on social media are posts written entirely in capital letters”.
There are other subtle clues which the algorithm is able to detect, says Sr. Permanecer. “Posts containing phrases like “they need us more than we need them”and “our grandparents died for our freedom to leave the EU” are also good indicators of the way someone would have voted”.
Human Rights Violations
Human rights activists have expressed concern about the legality of deporting people without any actual evidence of how they voted. Carlos Hecho is with the Department for Finding Vague And Probably Illegal Reasons To Deport People. He told Costa Del Sol Update “When it comes to something like Brexit, people didn’t need facts to vote against the EU, so we don’t need facts to get these people out of our country. That’s a fact”.
Expat kitchen porter Matt Brush is originally from Birmingham and now lives in Fuengirola. He says “Actually I’m not from Birmingham, I’m from Lichfield. Just because I live in Spain, doesn’t mean I’m not patriotic. Facts can’t be proved, everyone knows this, so when they say it’s a fact that the UK will suffer after Brexit we know it’s not true. I love Britain and I’m glad they’re leaving the EU. I hope I don’t have to go and live there though, my TV license expired”.
Bank Accounts Raided
The government have already started to take money out of suspected “leave” voter’s bank accounts. Carlos Ladron from Estepona County Council`s Bank Account Raiding Department says “we are taking €500 directly out of the bank accounts of the Brexiteers, this is to cover their relocation costs. We’re not ripping anyone off. The money will buy suitcases, airport transfers, and Ryanair flights to some obscure airport in the UK”.
Outraged Expat Remainers
Anne Fernandez runs a Facebook group where expats can express their outrage over important matters including the tax exemption of parma violet sweets. She says “To be honest I’m outraged. My members are outraged. We’re outraged because this has taken so long. Why would anybody living in Spain vote for the UK to leave the EU? It’s beyond comprehension. The sooner they are gone, the better. However, we are an impartial and unbiased group. It’s very important you print that”.
Deportations are due to begin on the 31st January. DJ Barry Jones from the Ebola Bar in Fuengirola thinks that this is a good date for the process to begin. “For sure boyo, the season is over and no one is making money so we might as well get rid of them. I’m just lucky that this doesn’t affect me, because I’m Welsh. I have some British friends though, I hope they don’t all get sent back. Hands in the air. Party Party”.
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Written by Gloria Stits, Costa Del Sol Update.