The woman from Valencia will now serve at least 72 hours in a Border Force detention centre before likely deportation.
Whilst Brits struggle with residency paperwork in an attempt to remain in Spain, it now appears UK Border Force is laying down the new Brexit laws.
The 25-year-old female in question, only named Maria, worked in the UK since 2019.
Although she had taken a break from UK employment and had planned to return to seek further work.
Arriving at Gatwick airport quickly scuppered those plans as Border Force stepped in and detained the 25-year-old.
The woman and the actions of the UK Border Force have now been splashed all across the Spanish mainstream media.
She had already been transferred to Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire, where she will be held for 72 hours until the Home Office interviews her.
The UK’s actions are causing British immigrants in Spain much concern, fearing that retaliation will come from the Spanish government.
Whilst thousands of Brit’s remain in Spain without the correct documentation, hoping that Spain would be turning a ‘blind eye to the regulations, they now fear the publicity generated will see retaliation and the deportation of British immigrants.
Brian Budd, who is currently overstaying his 90-day allowance as he seeks a new property on the Costa del Sol, told this morning to Global247news his fears, Brian said: “I’m over my 90 days, but I didn’t think it was going to be an issue as the Spanish have been very lax in enforcing the new Brexit regulations.
“The general chitter-chatter was they would turn a blind eye as they would prefer the Brit’s money and boosting their economy.
“Up to now, that clearly has been the case, but now I and others who have overstayed are concerned about retaliation.
“I had planned to purchase then apply for residency, but now I will escalate the process as I fear a backlash”, he finished.