Scores of British expats march through the streets of Spain in Brexit protest

British residents in Spain are concerned about their status in the event of a no-deal Brexit. (Reuters)

British expats marched through the southern Spanish city of Malaga on Sunday to register their concerns about their uncertain status as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

Spain is home to around 300,000 Brits. Together with Portugal, the Iberian peninsula accounts for almost a quarter of all Britons living in Europe, UN data shows.

"We feel really forgotten here in Spain," said Michael Soffe, a 61-year-old businessman who has lived in Malaga for 30 years.

"Many here are pensioners – will they lose their healthcare overnight, for example?" he added.

Scores of protesters brandished British, Spanish and EU flags as they marched over the weekend. (Reuters)
Thousands of British expats currently live in Spain. (Reuters)

Spain is the most popular European retirement destination for Britons, with around a third of its British residents aged over 65.

Among foreign nationals, they are by far the biggest users of Spain's state-funded universal healthcare system.


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Many are concerned they will lose their free access to Spanish healthcare, currently assured by the EU, as a result of Britain's exit from the bloc.

Protesters brandished EU, Spanish and British flags and held banners reading "They're trying to make us leave the EU" and "Take back control: My grandkids' future".

Acting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who could be replaced following November elections, has sought to reassure Britons living in Spain, promising to protect their rights after Brexit.

One demonstrator on Sunday said Spain had done more for Britons living in the country than the British government.

Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at a news conference at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain. (Reuters/Javier Barbancho)

"Spain is doing everything it can to protect us," said Tamara Essex, a 60-year-old from Dorset, southwest England, who has lived in Spain for more than seven years. "The UK government has forgotten us."

Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay visited Spain last week to talk to Spanish government representatives and hear from groups representing Britons in Spain.

The British government is in talks with Spain about protecting access to healthcare, he said.