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Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business - Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper. Born a "Norverner", she then spent most of her life "Dann Saff" before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle's loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine - although not necessarily in that order.


  1. Jean Kilbride
    July 12, 2016 @ 5:09 pm

    What if you have no internet…..are they sending us a letter about pension changes…. Please..

    Jean an John Kilbride


    • Elle Draper
      July 13, 2016 @ 12:11 am

      Not sure – because nobody received letters encouraging them to vote. However, therre are very very few people these days who either have no access to the internet or who don’t know someone who can keep them abreast of any news.

      Do you already receive correspondence about your pension via letter at the moment? If so – then you’ll probably receive something by letter in the future.


    • Kay Argee
      July 13, 2016 @ 10:26 am

      How did you post here if you haven’t got internet ??


    • Judie McConway
      July 13, 2016 @ 5:33 pm

      I called the pension service in UK immediately after the referendum and was told that there no changes were planned for the immediate future, i.e. the 2 years minimum for deals to be worked out, possibly longer.


  2. Ann Franke
    July 12, 2016 @ 5:56 pm

    Excellent. I’m pleased the government has recognised the British community in Europe. It is large community and if not supported will return home. NHS will get longer.


  3. Kathleen Elizabeth Cooper
    July 12, 2016 @ 6:07 pm

    I’m very glad to hear that there is not going to be any change for at leasedvtwo years.


    July 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

    Is there such a document for people living in France, and other EU countries, who are ex pat UK Nationals ?

    I hope Theresa May will be given a copy ….and that it is not too long before we know what our long term future will be !


    • Elle Draper
      July 13, 2016 @ 12:17 am

      Sorry – am unsure what you mean by “document”. If you mean the webpage referred to in the article… then the exact same link will apply to British citizens currently resident in ANY AND ALL countries within the EU.

      Hope that helps.


  5. susie paterson
    July 12, 2016 @ 7:45 pm

    Add me to your mailing list please


    • Elle Draper
      July 13, 2016 @ 12:18 am

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  6. Ian Mary Sanderson
    July 12, 2016 @ 9:34 pm

    Just need to know if any changes coming up in two years we travel on pet passport regularly to Spain by car


    • Elle Draper
      July 13, 2016 @ 12:19 am

      No. There are no changes for two years.


  7. Peter Mitry
    July 13, 2016 @ 2:43 pm

    We have lived in Spain for 20 years and, as such, are no longer entitled to vote in the UK under the 15 year rule.

    Imagine my indignation at suddenly starting to receive ´personal´ emails from David Cameron during the Brexit campaign; I tried to reply explaining that as a lifetime conservative voter I am pretty miffed at not having the right to vote. Surprise, surprise, traffic is one way only!

    Now Theresa May has taken over, the latest missive comes from her; shame she didn´t explain why ignoring the expats who have lost the right to vote could have avoided the ´out´ vote in the first place! Now, we are faced with an unknown future, which most people don´t want and those that allowed it to happen have ´run for the hills´ leaving the rest of us to sort out the crap they have left behind.


  8. Kim Roome
    July 13, 2016 @ 11:06 pm

    Why should you still have a right to vote for what happens in the UK if you left 20 years ago? There is a lot more at stake to leaving the EU – for example the unelected few ‘elite’ who want to abolish sovereign countries and become one region with total rule and control over all member states. There was a plan in Gordon Brown’s day to split the UK into 3 regions and have France oversee one of them – not to mention all of Europe governed by a German dictatorship. Sorry you have an unknown future but do you seriously think ex UK citizens will not be allowed to live in EU countries, I hardly think so.


    • Alan Gandy
      August 5, 2016 @ 6:03 pm

      I’m fascinated by the proposed (apparently shelved) plan to hand part of the UK to France. I for one have never heard of it. I’d love to see some information on this from a credible and reliable source (i.e. not the Express or Mail). Do please post it here.


  9. Diane Utting
    July 14, 2016 @ 4:22 am

    Please add me to your website


    • Elle Draper
      July 14, 2016 @ 8:51 am

      No problem Diane – that is now done for you.
      If you would like to receive a copy of yesterday’s newsletter – drop me an email to and I’ll forward you a copy.
      Elle x


  10. Kees Bijker
    July 30, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

    I am Dutch but lived in the UK for 23 years before moving out to Bulgaria, where I now live happily for 6 yrs. I have always been against a so called united Europe, as it clearly only serves a small proportion of the population. However, seeing the fallout from this brexit, I am bemused by some of the comments. First thought is that back at home, i.e. the good ole UK, foreigners need to integrate. Wonderful idea that I holeheartedly agree with. But, why is it that brits living abroad keep leaning on the motherland as a lifeline? Almost none I meet anywhere speak the local lingo. Almost all of them milk the social services at home and virtually none wants to know how to do something themself in their new country of choice they live in. Really sorry but those that constantly complain about situations abroad , where they now live, perhaps should have stayed home in the first place. Think before you move and think before you complain. Europe is made of different countries that each have their own character. Better this way by far and this should be part of why you moved there. Not because life is so cheap or it doesn’t rain as much. Just my 2 cents, I’ll get the popcorn….


    • John Alford
      August 5, 2016 @ 1:33 pm

      Hi Kees,

      Some of us have integrated into Spanish life – I have two Spanish daughter-in-laws and my children all ‘work in Spanish’ as do my wife and myself. Whilst I agree that I should not be able to vote in the UK elections, I do feel that as I have paid 25 years worth of Spanish tax and SS contributions I should be able to vote in the national elections …. although that is another story!! The ony reason that I wanted to vote in the referendum as I am still British, however I am now already making plans to do the Spanish language and citienship exams so that I can change my nationality in the future.


  11. Colin Gassner
    August 4, 2016 @ 5:52 am

    Please add me to your mailing list


    • Elle Draper
      August 4, 2016 @ 1:51 pm

      Done. Thanks Colin x


  12. John Alford
    August 5, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

    Please add me to your lists


    • Elle Draper
      August 6, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

      Will do. Thanks John.


  13. Sandie
    September 4, 2016 @ 12:35 pm

    Oh all stop moaning just enjoy your wonderful lives you have in whatever country you are living in. What will be will be! Just sort it out at the time, there is a solution to all problems.
    Please add me to your mailing list.


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