The lack of a Brexit deal in the United Kingdom could affect athletes working in Spain and Gareth Bale’s future in Real Madrid hangs in the balance
Wales international Bale, 29, is one of an estimated 800,000 British citizens living elsewhere in the EU who could potentially lose their right to work where they are living if a “no deal” Brexit takes place on March 29.
Officials at the British Embassy in Madrid have told ESPN FC the Withdrawal Agreement drawn up in November 2018 would protect the rights of British nationals to continue living and working in the EU.
Lawyer, Juan Ignacio Navas told ESPNFC that getting a license to work in Spain “is not currently not easy to get as many people want come here to live. But we have a law that if you buy a house for half a million euro, or you have a ‘special’ job, it is easier.”
The RFEF said they would not comment on hypotethical situations and until something happens with Brexit, they will not take a stance. Jonathan Barett, Bale’s agent, says he is “hopeful” of arranging a deal with the league if a hard Brexit comes to pass.
However, the situation remains in a state of flux amid doubts over whether that deal will be ratified by the British Parliament, especially after Tuesday night’s historic House of Commons defeat for Prime Minister Theresa May.
Contacted about the situation by ESPN FC, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett said he and his client “would wait and see what happens,” adding that he was “hopeful” politicians on both sides would reach an agreement although it was “impossible to plan” amid all the uncertainty.
Embassy officials in Madrid have told ESPN FC that without any such protections, Bale and the other approximately 300,000 UK nationals in Spain — including English winger Patrick Roberts, 21, who is on loan at Girona from Manchester City — would need permission to live and work in the country.