British nationals in Spain relieved over return to power of Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez with greater majority

Updated 29 April: Spain’s PSOE led by Pedro Sánchez has won yesterday’s General Election comfortably. The Party hasn’t achieved an outright majority, and so will need coalition-type support from Podemos which, with fewer seats this time than last, will nevertheless now become the means by which the Socialist Government can actually achieve its manifesto commitments. Most importantly, perhaps, it will allow Sánchez, whose minority Government was unable to get the national budget approved, to succeed at last in getting it through Congress to bring to an end Spain’s economic paralysis.

The Socialist victory came against the background of the rout of the conservative Partido Popular who are clearly still not trusted by huge swathes of the population after repeated, long-standing and ongoing corruption scandals. The party achieved its worst ever election result, cutting its number of seats by more than half. The PSOE win came, also, against the background of a far-right surge with Vox now clearly a national force rather than a regional one, gaining seats for the first time in the country’s Parliament. Many see the PP collapse as being behind the surge of the pro-bullfighting, anti-gay and anti-feminist Vox, but the far-right party is not at all alone in Europe, or even further afield, in capturing the votes of the politically disenchanted by extreme and populist rhetoric.

From the perspective of British nationals in Spain concerned with Brexit, however, the result will be a great relief. It has been, after all, Sánchez himself who has given us, as Brits, all the support we’ve failed to get from our own country, and he will now be able to maintain the measures and legislation he’s put in place to protect us, and we need have no concern about potential changes to the support we believed we had from Spain. We still have it, thanks to the PSOE.

Updated 12 April: With Spain’s General Election just a fortnight away, the Prime Minister and leader of the Spanish Socialist party PSOE, Pedro Sánchez, will be in Tenerife tomorrow 13 April. He will be at an open event in the Piramide de Arona in Playa de las Américas between 11am and 1pm if anyone is interested in seeing him, or hearing him as he campaigns to win a majority to continue in Government. He will be heading on to La Palma after Tenerife, and then to Gran Canaria on Sunday.

Updated 1 March: With Spain’s election coming up some readers might be interested in a little background detail. The eletion has been called because the minority PSOE (socialist) party couldn’t get its budget through Parliament. It was only in power because the previous PP (conservatives) lost a vote of No Confidence because of a corruption scandal. Now, Spain will once again have to choose between these two parties … along with the other “minority” parties in the frame like Podemos, Ciudadanos, and the new right-wing Vox. If anyone is interested in the whole back story to this, HERE‘s a link to an article in the Guardian today and it explains it all. For those interested in this, it’s a good read.

Original post 15 February: Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called a general election on 28 April. Sánchez is leader of the socialist party, PSOE, which has been in minority Government since a vote of No Confidence last summer (see HERE), and as we saw only a week ago with the proposed urban letting law (see HERE), Sánchez can’t get legislation through Parliament. He has called this election, Spain’s third in four years, after the budget itself failed to be approved.

The election will be held just a month before the local and European elections and no doubt all sides will be hoping at least for a majority government elected on national issues without further division over regional or European disputes. British nationals, of course, will be watching keenly to see whether the new Government, if a different make-up to the current one, makes any changes or signals any moves away from Sánchez’s generous stance in offering continued rights for Brits in Spain after Brexit if the UK reciprocates.

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