Northampton expat in Gibraltar describes life on The Rock after Brexit vote

If there is one place in the UK that definitely doesn't want to Brexit - it is Gibraltar. Residents of 'The Rock' voted overwhelmingly - by 96 per cent - to stay in the European Union.

And one of those locals was Warren Panter, an expat from Northampton who moved to Gibraltar with his family in 1999, to progress with his career in the online gaming industry.

But the former Kingsthorpe, Eastfield and Spinney Hill resident now fears the very thing that attracted him to this British Overseas Territory could soon be taken away from him - after Britain's vote to leave the EU.

The 48-year-old had worked for Ladbrokes and Brian Goodyear in Northampton before being offered a job at Bet Victor in Gibraltar when he was 31, where he has since worked as a bookmaker and odds compiler.

Despite being 2,000 miles away, the football fan still keeps a close eye on his team Northampton Town, but in recent weeks, all the talk in both his birth place and his current home has been about the Brexit vote.

Since Britain's vote to leave the EU, Warren - who lives in Gibraltar with his wife and son, while his daughter attends university in England - tells the Northants Herald and Post life on The Rock hasn't changed much, but he admits there is sense of fear in the air.

"Personally I think it is a disaster," the former Kingsthorpe Lower School and Weston Favell Upper School student said of the vote. "The future seems uncertain here - but I can understand why people voted to leave.

"I voted to remain and so far everything is pretty much as it was. The mood is good and people are just getting on with their lives.

If there is one place in the UK that definitely doesn't want to Brexit - it is Gibraltar. Residents of 'The Rock' voted overwhelmingly - by 96 per cent - to stay in the European Union.

And one of those locals was Warren Panter, an expat from Northampton who moved to Gibraltar with his family in 1999, to progress with his career in the online gaming industry.

But the former Kingsthorpe, Eastfield and Spinney Hill resident now fears the very thing that attracted him to this British Overseas Territory could soon be taken away from him - after Britain's vote to leave the EU.


The 48-year-old had worked for Ladbrokes and Brian Goodyear in Northampton before being offered a job at Bet Victor in Gibraltar when he was 31, where he has since worked as a bookmaker and odds compiler.
Despite being 2,000 miles away, the football fan still keeps a close eye on his team Northampton Town, but in recent weeks, all the talk in both his birth place and his current home has been about the Brexit vote.

Since Britain's vote to leave the EU, Warren - who lives in Gibraltar with his wife and son, while his daughter attends university in England - tells the Northants Herald and Post life on The Rock hasn't changed much, but he admits there is sense of fear in the air.

"Personally I think it is a disaster," the former Kingsthorpe Lower School and Weston Favell Upper School student said of the vote. "The future seems uncertain here - but I can understand why people voted to leave.
"I voted to remain and so far everything is pretty much as it was. The mood is good and people are just getting on with their lives.

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"But one problem now is the pound crashing against the Euro - it affects virtually everyone here who spends money in Spain."

One of the big worries among the 30,000 Gibraltarians since the vote on June 23 is the possibility of its neighbours, Spain, taking over - a move the country been eyeing up for decades.

A move like this would see Gibraltar's 'little England' image - depicted by its red telephone boxes, bobbies-on-the-beat and Marks and Spencer store on the high street - come to an end.

However, Warren says Spain will 'never take over' because 'the locals will never allow it'. But despite this, he admits there is another long-running problem that could become more of an issue - the border.

For years, the on-off relationship between Spain and Gibraltar has seen Spain shut down the border between both areas on a number of occasions, causing chaos for the thousands of people living in Spain who travel to The Rock to work.

"People here are more worried about what may happen in the future regarding jobs and potential problems or closures at the border," Warren said. "(Because of the border problems) the demand for rentals in Gibraltar has increased from the Gibraltar workforce who live in Spain."

Fortunately enough for the Northamptonian and his family, they are not directly affected by the border problems because they live in Gibraltar. But put aside the currency and border issues, and Warren is left facing his bigger fear - his job's future.

He explains: "I do slightly fear for my job. There have been a lot of redundancies in the sports gaming industry in the last two years or so prior to Brexit.

"We may well end up having to move as our company has offices in Malta as well as the UK, or another possibility is Ireland as my wife is from there."
But things may not be as bleak for Warren as he fears, with the betting expert adding: "Having said that, we have been reassured that the company is staying in Gibraltar, for the time being at least."

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