EU Facts: What would leaving the EU mean for expats?

Would Britain leaving the European Union see British expatriates deported en masse? What happens to their property? We answer your questions

cameronEU_3315171bOne of the most popular topics for queries is how expats and people who own property in EU countries might be affected.
These concerns have clearly been sharpened by warnings from the Remain camp about the effect of Brexit.
British expatriates may have to stop living abroad in European countries like France and Spain if Britain leaves the European Union, the Government has suggested. Europe Minister David Lidington warned over the weekend that a British exit would see “everything we take for granted about access to the single market” in question, including “the right of British citizens to go and live in Spain or France”.
So should expats fear Brexit? What could happen to them if Britain leaves the EU?
How many British expats are there in the EU?
Just over 4.5 million Britons live abroad, with approximately 1.3 million of them in Europe, according to the United Nations.
Where are Britain’s expats in the European Union?

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