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Relocating into the sunshine of Spain is a popular move for Britons of all ages, whether that is for retirement, a new job or simply for a fresh start. However, since Brexit came into force, rules surrounding freedom of movement between the UK and EU have seen some key changes.

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Crucially, Britons now need to apply for specific visas in order to be allowed to relocate to the country.

According to one expat, this new rule isn't only impacting those with plans to relocate, but it is also causing "major issues" for those already living in Spain.

Tony Harrison, who currently lives in the Spanish seaside resort, told of some of the problems expats are currently facing.

"I think Brexit has caused major issues for many living in Spain and certainly for many in Benidorm," he explained.

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Impact of Brexit on British expatsSpain: Brexit has caused a "major impact" for UK expats living in Spain (Image: Getty Images)

"With Covid causing a complete collapse in tourism forcing most bars to lay off staff, issues around residency has become a major problem."

The coronavirus pandemic put a stop to travel and saw the resort's annual tourism figures plummet.

Coupled with the impact of Government ordered lockdowns across the country, numerous businesses fell into administration or were forced to lay off staff - many of whom were expats.

In most cases, in order to obtain a permanent residency in the country, Britons will need to be able to prove they are in employment or are bringing in a certain income.

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