British expats living in Spain have taken to the streets of Malaga to raise awareness of their uncertain future once the UK leaves the EU.
The group of protesters, who marched in in the popular UK expat resort in southern Spain on Sunday, held up placards which said "No Brexit" and "They're trying to make us leave the EU," with many were draped in EU flags, the Spanish flag and and Union Jacks, according to a report in yesterday's Telegraph.
An estimated 300,000 British expatriates live in Spain - around a third aged over 65 - with many choosing the warmer climate as a retirement destination.
Britons currently based in EU countries say they are yet to have received any concrete information from both the EU and the UK government on what will happen to their legal status after Brexit, despite repeated attempts to get some clarity.
"We feel really forgotten here in Spain," Michael Soffe, a 61-year-old businessman who has lived in Malaga for 30 years told the Telegraph. "Many here are pensioners - will they lose their healthcare overnight, for example?" he added.
Spain is the most popular European retirement destination for Britons and among foreign nationals, they are by far the biggest users of Spain's state-funded universal healthcare system. Many are now concerned they will lose their free access to Spanish healthcare, currently assured by the European Union, as a result of Britain's proposed exit from the EU on October 31.
Acting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who could be replaced following November elections, has previously sought to reassure Britons living in Spain, promising to protect their rights after Britain's exit from the European Union.
A spokesman for Dexeu, the UK government department for leaving the EU, said: "The Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay held productive discussions with groups representing the British community in Spain while in Madrid last week and made clear that protecting the rights of both UK nationals in the EU and EU citizens in the UK is a key priority for this government. But we cannot protect the rights of UK nationals unilaterally.
"We have made an unequivocal guarantee to EU citizens now living and working among us that their rights will be protected and that they can continue to live here as they do today.
"We urge other EU member states to do the same for UK nationals living in their countries and give them the certainty they need by matching our generous offer."