Expats Fury Over €26 Million Brexit Monument. Expats on the Costa Del Sol are angry about a bridge which will be constructed to commemorate Brexit
Expats are angry after plans to build a bridge linking Spain and Gibraltar commemorating Brexit were revealed today. The bridge has already been nicknamed “The Brexit Bridge”, and is expected to cost around €26 million.
In an unprecedented display of co-operation, the bridge will be funded by both Gibraltar and Spain. Stacy Fergusen is Gibraltar’s Minister For Bridge Building And Brexit Monuments, she says “This is a hugely expensive but crucially important project. We’re commemorating Great Britain’s departure from the EU whilst reinforcing our ties with Spain”.
News of the Brexit Bridge has caused anger amongst expats in Spain and residents of Gibraltar, who disagree with the funding methods. Half of the €26 million will be paid for by a 1.7% hike in income tax for anyone working in Gibraltar. The other half will be raised in Spain, through a new series of taxes which will be imposed on British businesses.
Taxing British Businesses
Dave Navarro from Birmingham now owns a T shirt manufacturing plant on the outskirts of Marbella. He said a letter arrived this morning advising of the new tax. “This is outrageous. British businesses are going to be expected to pay out between €100 and €813 a month each depending on the annual turnover, for as long as it takes to pay for this blasted bridge. Oh, and I’m not from Birmingham, I’m from Erdington”.
Expat Cherilyn Sarkisian lives in Torremolinos. She’s angry that her business is going to have to pay for this bridge. “I don’t support Brexit, and I don’t see why I should have to pay for a bridge to remind everyone that Britain has made a big mistake. I never even go to Gibraltar, I’m never going to use this bridge. It’s disgusting, I’m considering moving to France.”
Brexit Bridge Construction
Irish construction firm Tipperary Tarmac SL are behind the project. Managing Director Seamus O’Shyte says “I can’t believe this is happening. We just said to the council we had a bit of tarmac left over after a job we’d done, and for a few quid we could redo their driveway. The next thing I know we’re building this great big bridge. My wife’s already put a deposit down on a new car.”
Brexit Bridge Design
Kenneth Rodgers has been working on the designs for the bridge, alongside Spanish architect Julio Puente. He told Costa Del Sol Update about the plans. “The bridge is going to be one way, to reflect the whole Brexit thing, we thought that was important. It’s going to be a mainly concrete and tarmac construction, so it will be strong and stable. It will be paved with uncertainty, broken promises, shattered dreams, and plenty of vague notions”.
Celebrity Bridge Opening
There is no completion date set for the Brexit Bridge, but a celebrity launch is already on the cards. David Hasselhoff is being tipped to open the new bridge when it is completed. He told us “They asked me to sing my hit song Bridge Over Troubled Water on this bridge to open it, but that’s not my song. I think they’re confusing me with Dolly Parton. I’m not doing it.”
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Written by Emma Roid, Costa Del Sol Update, 31.10.2017