The Barcelona Court refuses to impute 1-O voters for sedition as requested by a Police union

The Barcelona Court has refused to investigate crimes of sedition and resistance to voters injured in the police charges of 1-O, as requested by the Professional Union of the Police. The central wielded the judgment of the Supreme Court against the leaders of the procés to charge for sedition also the wounded who denounced the agents for injuries, but the magistrates discard it, understanding that the conduct of the citizens who came to vote “must remain extramuros “of Criminal Law.

In a car, to which has had access, section 3 of the Barcelona Court dismisses the appeal of the Professional Union of the Police and several of the National Police officers charged with the charges of 1-O and confirms the decision of the examining magistrate not to investigate the injured in the referendum.

In essence, the arguments of the magistrates are the same for those who in July 2019 already ruled out charging the voters of 1-O for disobedience and resistance to authority, following a request from the Professional Union of the Police to which On that occasion, both the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office joined. In this case, however, the Lawyers and the Prosecutor’s Office rejected the accusation of sedition of the injured voters who denounced the agents for injuries.

In October 2019, after the publication of the judgment of the procés, the police union again requested the judge to impute the injured in the case opened by the charges of the National Police in Barcelona, ​​arguing that the Supreme Court ruling opened the door to investigate them for sedition or resistance.

The third section of the Hearing has once again endorsed the judge’s decision not to investigate the injured voters because, the judges argue, the objective of those mobilized on October 1 was not to “denigrate the principle of authority held by the police officers “. The court reiterates that it is necessary to “tolerate” the rallies in the 1-O centers “as an exceptional form of political participation” since they were framed in “a movement of disobedience or non-violent civil resistance that impacted on public opinion.”

In its car, the court reminds the police union that, after the judgment of the procés, the National Court has acquitted the leadership of the Mossos d’Esquadra for its action on 1-O, despite the fact that the Supreme Court had considered the Catalan police “coadjuvant party in holding the illegal referendum”. And highlights a paragraph of the judgment of the National Court that acquitted Major Josep Lluís Trapero: “The use of force against defenseless citizens, against the elderly, against entire families, could not be, in this situation, the solution to impose the compliance with the legal system, even if it was legitimate. ”

In the case of the Court of Instruction 7 of Barcelona, ​​which faces the final stretch of the investigation, more than fifty police officers remain accused of injuring voters in different schools in the Catalan capital. Before deciding how many agents to send to trial, the judge is waiting for the Barcelona Court to resolve several of the appeals that the parties have presented, such as the Prosecutor’s Office regarding the refusal of the instructor to archive the case for the majority of agents or that of Òmnium against the refusal of the magistrate to impute to the leadership of the anti-riot police and the information unit.


No, Spain is not the center of the world. And biden knows it

They passed, I think, those triumphalist times in which what then (2009) was secretary of the Organization of the PSOE, that is to say what Minister Abalos is today, said in a public appearance that the conjunction of Obama in the presidency of the United States and Zapatero ‘in the one of Spain and Europe’ was “a planetary historical event” that was going to redound in a “hope for many human beings”. There was a lot of laughter, of course, that did not prevent Mrs. Leire Pajín from ascending, the following year, to the Ministry of Health, which is already known to be that position that socialists and ‘popular’ reserved to reward those who did not have another armchair in the to place them. The times, in these twelve years, have changed a lot. Neither Biden, about to take office as the most powerful man in the world, is Obama, nor is Zapatero Pedro Sánchez, although sometimes, what do you want me to say, anyway. But there is, I think, planetary conjunction. What happens is that it does not exactly pass through La Moncloa.
The loss of weight abroad in our country is indisputable evidence, as several important foreign correspondents accredited in Spain reminded me a few days ago in a ‘chat’. No, Spain is not the center of Europe nor is it even the main ally of the United States in the Mediterranean, contrary to what was suggested in the dreams of greatness of José María Aznar, who put his feet on the table at which Bush drank coffee. In fact, Joe Biden, 78 years old, the person who will fortunately free us from the hateful presence of Trump, I believe, and I would like to know that I am wrong, that not even out of courtesy has he yet addressed the presidency of the Spanish Government to send a formal greeting before occupying the White House: he will, no doubt, but that will be later. And when even some insidious Moroccan press suggests that the Rota base will be transferred to Morocco, which I don’t believe even remotely, really.
In any case, the arrival of the Biden-Kamala Harris tandem is good news for Spain (the Sánchez government hated, and it is logical, Trump, as all of Europe hated him) and for the world. As it is that, in telematic and exemplary primary elections, the moderate Armin Laschet, about to turn 60 years old, has emerged as Angela Merkel’s successor at the head of the CDU, although he is not yet sure the headliner in the candidacy to the elections to the German Chancellery in a few months. And there, in the good understanding of Biden with a Germany that does not want to lose European leadership, yes that lies, after the division imposed by Trump and the incompetence of the British Boris Johnson, a planetary historical opportunity. It is essential that the United States and Latin America interact better, as it is that Washington and the EU, magnificently led by Ursula von der Layen, 62 years old, get closer.
I include the ages of the people who are going to lead the world in the coming years to emphasize that things are more about seniority than abrupt generational change, against what some populisms want. But perhaps a dose of seniority is what is needed now: I always thought that losing Josep Borrell (73), a European heavyweight, as Foreign Minister, was a disgrace for the Spanish Government. Fear that is now confirmed.
In any case, it is obvious that a new era is opening for international relations and for stopping the march of the world towards an abyss of depth that is difficult to predict. Biden will have to cooperate more with the rest of the planet in the fight against a pandemic perhaps in recession, but with very dangerous outbreaks partly due to the stupidity and inability of not a few political leaders. But, in addition, it is to be expected that the new American president, who has had the first success of electing someone like Kamala Harris as vice president, will annul the protectionist and tariff policy of his predecessor, which would already be another good news for Spain. Later, when Pedro Sánchez sat in front of the fireplace in the oval office, I suspect that he will have to wait for something more and again I say that I hope I am wrong and that Spanish diplomacy is capable of working miracles that we have not known lately. And it is that Biden knows, as the correspondent of the New York Times told me, that Spain “is not even a country in the center of Europe”, so we don’t even talk about the world world.


Brazil applies the first vaccine against Covid-19 to a nurse

Brazil, one of the countries in the world most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, applied this Sunday in Sao Paulo lfirst dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to a 54-year-old nurse, at a time when the Latin American giant faces a second wave of the disease.

The first dose of the vaccine developed by the Chinese laboratory Sinovac and the Brazilian Butantan Institute was applied just minutes after the approval of its emergency use by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa).

The first inoculation was applied to Monica Calazans, a nurse at the Hospital las Clínicas in the capital of São Paulo, during a ceremony presided over by the governor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, the main political rival of the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro.

“This is a triumph of science, a triumph of life against the deniers, against those who prefer the smell of death instead of the courage and joy of life, “said Doria in a speech full of implicit criticism of Bolsonaro, who was not present at the ceremony.

Bolsonaro, one of the most denialist leaders on the seriousness of the pandemic, he has publicly questioned the effectiveness of the vaccines and came to veto at first the antigen promoted by the Butantan Institute, a body dependent on the São Paulo government.

Doria, who has already hinted at his political aspirations for the 2022 presidential elections, stressed that the application of the first vaccine “it’s a lesson” for the “authoritarians” who “despise life and have no compassion.”

“Today’s victory, the 5th day of the vaccine, the 5th day of lifeIt is one of those who give value and work for life, quite the opposite of those who have denied it in the last 11 months, “said Doria.

In addition to the Butantan Institute vaccine, Anvisa also authorized this Sunday the emergency use of the antigen produced by the Oxford University and the Anglo-Swedish laboratory AstraZeneca, the main bet of the Bolsonaro Government but whose doses have not yet reached the country.

With about 210,000 deaths and 8.4 million cases, Brazil is the second country with the most deaths in the world by Covid after the United States and as the third with the most infections after the North American nation and India.


Premieres of the week – LA GACETA Tucumán


Once upon a Time in America

Early 20th century. David Aaronson, a poor Jewish boy, meets Max, another young man of Hebrew origin willing to go far by any means, in the suburbs of Manhattan. A great friendship was born between them and, with other colleagues, they formed a gang that quickly prospered, becoming, in the days of Prohibition (1920-1933), important gangsters. Directed by Sergio Leone; with Robert de Niro and James Woods.



Marcos Wainsberg is a retired boxer. The day he plans to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend, his cousin Hugo appears at his house, his shirt stained with blood. He’s obviously in trouble and will drag Marcos into a whirlwind of action and comedy as they try to survive the most absurd day of their lives. Directed by Nicanor Lotreti. With Juan Palomino, Sergio Boris, Luis Aranosky and Luis Ziembrowski. IN MUBI


The platform presents, together with My French Film Festival, four French films. The first is “Enormous” and its synopsis reads: At 40, Frédéric suddenly feels like having a child. He and Claire had already made it clear, Claire has never wanted to be a mother. However, Frédéric makes the unforgivable mistake of getting her pregnant without notifying her. Directed by Sophie Letourneur.

Twenty steps from fame

Oscar-winning documentary in 2014. The world of chorus girls who have always been relegated to the background, behind famous singers. Their voices are the ones that give harmony to the best musical groups, but their lives are completely unknown.


Riot, fragments of a relationship

The bond between mothers and daughters, told in the foreground, shelled in intimate and personal fragments. A reflection on the most primal love and the passage of time. Directed by Sabrina Farji.

Favio, chronicle of a director

Based on an interview with Leonardo Favio, in which he addresses his training as a director and his view of cinema, we immerse ourselves in the cinematographic world of the most influential director of Argentine cinema, recreating episodes of his life and showing unpublished files that transcend genre Directed by Alejandro Venturini.

Bad day for fishing

Two peculiar hustlers travel through Latin America seeking to keep alive the epic that brought them together. They embark on a long exhibition tour through different towns. Directed by Álvaro Brechner.


the odyssey of the giles Province of Buenos Aires, late 2001. A group of friends and neighbors lose the money they had managed to raise to re-float an old agricultural cooperative. Soon after, they discover that their savings were lost due to a scam carried out by an unscrupulous lawyer and a bank manager who had information about what was going to unleash in the country. Upon learning what happened, this group of neighbors decides to organize and put together a meticulous plan in order to recover what belongs to them. Directed by Sebastián Borenstein. With Ricardo Darín, Luis Brandoni, Chino Darín and Verónica Llinás.


Disney Junior T.O.T.S

Animated comedy in premiere about the funny adventures of two great friends: Pip and Freddy, the tenacious penguin and the good-natured flamingo who are the only non-stork delivery men in training at the Animal Delivery Service bluey Short film in premiere: funny and honest A look at modern family life shows how imaginative play helps build children.

TELL ME WHO I AM. One season vintage series. Suspense in Warsaw, 1941.

BOMBSHELL. Pelicula con Charlize Theron.

MIDNIGHT DINNER. A friendly late-night restaurant.

MULAN. To save his elderly father from his duty, his only daughter Fa Mulan poses as a soldier and takes his place.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. The City of Light, in light.

AT THE END OF THE SENSES. Love in epidemic.

BAD BOYS II. Rude and out of control cops.

SPY KIDS. Series where boys are heroes.

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE CLONES. Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan apprentice Ahsoka Tano, on a dangerous mission.

THE EDGE OF LOVE. Movie with Keira Knightley.

THIS JUST BEGINS. Comedy and action.

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI. Reunion cumbre en 1964.

THE HOUR. BBC series in six episodes,

METEOR. Action and adventure in two episodes.


climate, increased social relationships and low immunity, keys to the third wave

The ‘Black Friday’ that took place on November 26 lived up to its name in terms of the evolution of the pandemic in the Valencian Community. A black Friday in which the shock wave began to take shape that has generated a third wave that has reached extremely serious heights.

This is warned by the deputy director general of Epidemiology of the Generalitat Valenciana, Herme Vanaclocha, who explains to the keys that have led to the Valencian Community having gone from being the one with the lowest incidence during many weeks of the month of October and November, what came to be recognized as the Valencian miracle, to be the fourth in Spain with the most accumulated infections, with 760.13 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, when the state average is 575.10 positives, according to data published this Friday by the Ministry of Health.

As Vanaclocha herself commented at the time of the lowest incidence of the pandemic, the Valencian strategy that gave such good results was focused on the early detection of outbreaks to cut the transmission of the virus between the contacts of those infected.

However, “there came a time when the level of transmission was so high that it exceeded the designed containment strategy, the level of contagion exceeded the control levels.”

This situation, which he points out already occurred after the October bridge and which could be controlled with the implementation of measures such as curfew or perimeter closures, was reproduced again from Black Friday: “Not because of the trade Not much less, but because it was the beginning of an increase in social relations that increased as Christmas approached, something that happens every year because they are dates when there are more leisure meetings, either with friends, family or colleagues, but in the current pandemic context, it has been decisive “.

To this factor are added others such as the arrival of the cold, since “the meetings stop being held in open places or with the windows open, and they start to be held in closed places with less ventilation. This coupled with the fact that “the communities with less incidence also have less immunity” makes the wave of the curve “much more pronounced and affects more the communities that were with less incidence”, something that has also happened, for example, to Extremadura, which also went from being in the queue to now being the most affected in Spain, with 1,220.74 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Regarding the advisability of adopting tougher measures before Christmas taking into account that infections were growing, the deputy director considers that at that time the restrictions that were approved were already very important, but that in general many of them have not been fulfilled: ” Just as in the first confinement the citizens took it to the letter, now we have detected a relaxation; outbreaks of six and eight positives have been registered in family gatherings, when the limit was at six people, which means that in those meetings there were much more people of the allowed and that has also influenced the current situation. ”

Regarding the possibility of a home confinement like the one in March of last year, Vanaclocha is hopeful that it is not necessary. According to him, “it is the last resort and there is still a path to toughen the measures without reaching that situation, but everything will depend on the level of saturation of the Intensive Care Units (ICU), if they collapse and health care cannot be provided to the patient. patient, there will be no other way out. ”

However, he insists that, although “a tough week” is coming, they hope to flatten the curve and not confine: “if necessary, restrictions will be tightened in everything that has to do with stopping social contact and promoting teleworking, which is another key factor that can help a lot. ”

Finally, Vanaclocha is prudent when making forecasts about the vaccination schedule and the possibility of achieving herd immunity. In this regard, he explains that it will depend “on the speed in the production of the vaccine, which must be taken into account that it is for everyone” and in that sense he hopes that “in summer”, if there are no setbacks, it can start ” to normalize the situation “.


Is Trump the worst president in the US?

If a balance were made on the presidency of Donald Trump in the United States, it would come out very badly. Just when he is about to face a second impeachment, his figure is touched. He will leave the White House on January 20, leaving behind a trail of division and very questionable decisions., such as the abandonment of the WHO or the Paris Agreement, two paths that his successor wants to go backwards to “recover” the country, according to him. But still, is Donald Trump the worst president of the United States?

“Whether he has been the worst president in history or not is difficult to say,” he advances to 20minutos the political scientist and analyst Daniel Vicente Guisado. “It depends on what we mean by being a bad president.” And it is that not all have the same vision. “For a significant portion of the Republican electorate Trump is frowned upon“, says Guisado.

Now, Trump “is a president with lower net approval ratings (i.e. disapproval – approval) in the last century“. He has never exceeded” 42% approval “after the first weeks in office. Comparatively, we can see that” there have only been two presidents with higher disapproval rates: Carter and Truman, and both at very specific moments of their mandates. “

In addition, Trump has managed to generate powerful tensions within his own party, today talking about possible ruptures or impasses within the formation. “During his tenure there have been no incursions into wars, but there has been an increase in polarization and conflict,” explains the expert. “I like to see Trump not as an actor who has started an evil, but as a catalyst of a challenge to the previous system, “he says. Trump has mobilized people from the” left behind “,” those who felt marginalized by the system. “

The House of Representatives approved this Wednesday to submit the still president of the United States to his second impeachment, accusing him of “incitement to violence” for the assault on the Capitol and thus making him the first US president to be subjected to this process twice. The approval counted on the vote of ten Republican representatives. In total, he came out ahead with 232 votes in favor and 197 against. Now he goes to the Senate, which will predictably vote just one day before Biden’s inauguration.

Republican congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, during the vote in the House of Representatives of the second impeachment to the outgoing US president, Donald Trump.

On the assault on the Capitol, Trump only softened his message when he had the second impeachment on top. “I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence we saw last week, the violence and the vandalism they have absolutely no place in our country, and they have no place in our movement, “said the outgoing president in a video from the Oval Office posted on the White House Twitter account (his personal accounts are blocked).

“In the face of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be no violence, no violation of the law, no vandalism of any kind. That’s not what I stand for, and it’s not what America stands for“, Trump has stated before asking” all Americans “to” help reduce tensions and calm tempers. “In addition, he assured that” no “supporter of his could ever be” in favor of violence. “


“I would not like a brother-in-law”

The spokesperson for Vox in Congress, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, defends the economic management of Donald Trump during his tenure in the White House, beyond his “personality”. And he believes that this has been recognized by the Americans at the polls, increasing the number of votes compared to four years ago.

I don’t love him like a brother-in-law to have at the Christmas party, I would not like for a sister of mine, but as president of the United States it seems that the Americans are reasonably satisfied with him because they have voted for him more, “he says in an interview.

In this context, Espinosa de los Monteros describes an “absolutely unpresentable “the assault on the Capitol last week, but rejects that responsibility can be attributed to Trump. “I believe that the responsibility lies with those who have come there,” he defends.

He does acknowledge that “perhaps” the still president of the United States was “reckless” in summoning them in front of the Capitol without “directing you to any idea in your speech.” In his view, Trump “gave them no clear idea what he wanted from them” and eventually “they and some others” committed the assault “completely unpresentable and completely unacceptable.”

In any case, he believes that “the media and political left” is taking advantage of this episode to “make firewood from the fallen tree” by attacking Trump, both through social networks and with the impeachment propelled against him.

“Why? Because they know that he is the most popular Republican president in history, he is the most voted in history and has obtained a very substantial increase in votes in these elections,” analyzes the Vox parliamentary spokesman before ensuring that this The increase in support has been “especially notable” among “Afro-American minorities, women, Latinos, Hispanics, humble people or with less education,” those segments that are “those who precisely more have thrived in the Trump era“.

Espinosa de los Monteros also stands out among Trump’s successes to have recovered part of the North American industry, the return of funds to the country or an unprecedented economic and employment growth in “many years”, all despite the crisis generated by the coronavirus. “The results of his management, the economic results, have been very remarkable,” he sums up.

In favor of a regulation of social networks

The Vox leader believes that the Trump case also opens another reflection regarding social networks, after his accounts on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram have been canceled. “If the president of the United States is removed but, for example, (Nicolás) Maduro is not removed, there is much to explain“, he points.

Espinosa de los Monteros admits to being “little supporter” of the legislation, but believes that social media should be regulated once verified, they are occupying a place that the traditional media had, which are regulated in many countries.

For this he uses as an example some words of the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, saying that Americans now had to “support the new president-elect and unite around him.” “Why does the president of Facebook have to tell Americans what they have to do? -question-. No one should have to tell Americans what to do, but much less a person who has not been chosen by anyone and is not representative of anyone. “


The anger of a British man who had part of his purchase confiscated on the Gibraltar border due to the ‘brexit’

One of the novelties of 2021 is the entry into force of ‘Brexit’, that is, the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Although an agreement has been reached with Gibraltar in the case of Spain, there are things that have changed. And a British citizen used to walking through the gate He has proven it in his own flesh.

As collected The Sun, Joseph Lathey He is a 27-year-old British man who has lived since he was a child in Sabinillas, Malaga. He recently went to the British colony to do some shopping.

On the way back, Lathey said that he showed the Spanish guard on duty the contents of this bag “just as a courtesy” and was shocked by what happened next.

“They usually just glance over and say hello to you. But this time, he casually started going through things. He seemed a bit confused, which surprised me a bit because that never happens. So he asked me to step aside and took me with the types that normally they check tobacco and alcohol“Lathey explained.

According to his testimony, the Spanish agent began taking out products and reading the labels. Finally, the young man had to get rid of a sauce, some samosas, a bread and some spices. For not throwing them away, he decided to return to La Roca and resell the products.

Lathey estimates that he could only keep almost 7 euros of your purchase of more than 48 euros.

Lathey said: “The border police wanted to take the samosas off me because they said they contained processed vegetables. There was a bag of cloves, chili powder, some teriyaki sauce or something like that, and the flatbread. It also had a sauce. Peri-Peri by Nando’s. It had onion puree in the ingredients and that’s one of the things they told me: ‘look, it has processed vegetables, you can’t pass it’“.

The young man, who wanted Britain to remain in the European Union, thought that the new rules they only banned meat and dairy.

Despite being convinced that the border guards were unsure of the rules, Lathey said feeling helpless to discuss with the agents, because the documentation they showed him was in Spanish.

“When it comes to the border police, you can’t argue with them,” he said. “If they say no, then that’s it, unless you have a lawyer with you, how am I supposed to argue my case? All the documentation they had was in Spanish. I speak Spanish quite wellI’ve been here for about 20 years … but I’m not used to reading the legal jargon of a document drawn up by the Andalusian government, “said Lathey.

“The customs officer clearly did not know any of these laws by heart, he had to refer to the documents he had and he seemed as confused by the legal jargon as I“he added to his testimony.

The young man predicts that there will be contraband soon: “Obviously, we can buy everything we need in Spain, there is no problem there. But some things, like Cadbury’s chocolate or digestive biscuits … all those kinds of things, they’re only in Gibraltar. “

“I can guarantee that everyone will continue to buy those things, just they will find imaginative ways to do it“, concluded the young man.


The changes that Brexit produces and that we will all notice

One of the last obstacles to discuss in Brexit was that of exports and imports, the free trade and cooperation agreement signed by the European Union and the United Kingdom on December 24 did not clarify the situation of this type of actions.

This agreement is more complex than that of commercial transactions. In British companies this agreement creates many doubts, especially in industrial and textile companies, as to how the rules of the agreement are applied. The agreement says that “free trade provides for zero tariff for those with originating status in either the EU or the UK.”

It is necessary to know the origin of the products to be able to apply the rules of the agreement, it can be considered a British or European product if it is necessary that it is either a product obtained in the territory of one of the parties or that it has been produced from of materials from one of the parties.

If the product does not originate from either of the two sides, but rather is foreign, the agreement dictates that the originating status would be given when the product in question complies with the rule of origin provided in Annex 2 of the Agreement.


Burgos at the British crossroads

David Barriocanal, engineer: “Neither foreigners nor English know what will happen after leaving the EU”

He arrived in Great Britain, more specifically London, at the end of November 2014 and has been living in the country since August 2015. This 28-year-old industrial engineer from Burgos lives with expectation the current situation in the country, immersed in the first days of Brexit and in a resurgence of the pandemic that has forced confinement measures in homes and offices to be extreme. “I haven’t noticed many changes in our life after January 1, maybe a little later when new laws come into force. As a foreigner I even have more benefits than the British, because I can enter and leave the country without any problem.

David’s status in Britain is ‘pre-settled’, having arrived in London before Brexit was voted on and entered into force. He has an English Social Security number and a recognized residence, which opens a period of 5 years to settle permanently and reside and work normally.

“Neither foreigners nor English know what will happen with Brexit, although the Government is explaining the changes. I believe that in the end it will be the practical cases, the day to day, those that clarify where we are going. I have not had any problems and the Spaniards I know have had difficulties traveling. The airports are already prepared to serve visitors from the European Union.

‘Great Britain is a country of mixed feelings. Many with whom I have spoken were in favor and many others against, especially in London. Still, people generally share and also highly respect opinions. I believe that when they voted almost 5 years ago they did not know the real scope of what they were deciding.

David has done essential work during lockdowns and has discovered a car-free British capital. «From the hour and ten it took from my house to work, I have managed to reduce the journey to 35 or 40 minutes with no one on the streets. It was very strange to see Oxford Street, usually very busy, with perhaps two people in sight.

The fate of this engineer, he acknowledges, is where his work takes him. «I will have to travel a lot in Europe and tie the fair ones. Perhaps Brexit in a certain way has benefited us foreigners who were already here since it will allow us to move with relative ease, although it will affect others who want to come later to develop professionally. From now on, to settle and work in the UK you will need a much more restrictive point visa than the one used in Australia or New Zealand.

Marta Torres Peña, film wardrobe assistant: “The country is closed and the hospitals are saturated”

This 31-year-old from Burgos [en la foto con su pareja Theo Cobb], registered in London for 8 years, works making costumes for actors in movies and television series. Since March, he has been tested for coronavirus several times a week so that his company’s activity maintains maximum normality. “With the confinement, people have seen all the series and movies and we have to keep making new ones,” he jokes from his home in London, from where he teleworks these first days of the year.

“We have not had time to assimilate Brexit because everything is paralyzed with the pandemic. I’m afraid it will take another 3 or 4 months for people to start noticing changes. Despite this, Marta notes a great disappointment among the people: “Everything they had promised they were going to achieve, they have not achieved and those who voted for Brexit are angry.”

This worker from the world of culture is waiting for an agreement to be reached between the United Kingdom and the European Union so that artists can move freely between both territories, a visa for artists (actors, musicians, etc.). “We work a lot in Europe and in different settings.”

There is no party in London, schools have been closed this week until mid-February and only essential employees are supposed to be allowed to work. “I telecommute because I was in Spain at Christmas and I have to serve the ten-day quarantine after arriving in Great Britain.” In his case, no test was done because he has not been asked for a PCR to return. “You can take a test when you arrive but when the results arrive you have already been confined for 8 days and that after paying almost 200 pounds for the test.”

The health situation has caused that many Spaniards have not returned and telework from Spain. “The daily infections are much higher than in March and even the hospitals use the ambulance fleets as rooms because they are overflowing.”

César Liz, documentary photographer: “I think there is a great lack of foresight with Brexit”

This documentary photographer has lived and worked in London for over 10 years. He recognizes that the capital is multicultural and the mentality there is very open. “I don’t think they themselves expected Brexit to go ahead. Many now would change their minds and say ‘no’ to a proposal that I believe was loaded with falsehoods.

The country, admits César, a 54-year-old from Burgos, is poorly organized and had no foresight or instructions on how to approach this new stage. And all this has been joined by the health emergency in recent days.

This professional has permanent residence in the United Kingdom and his plans are to continue. César Liz has a job closely linked to cultural life, in fact he has photographed many exhibitions in London museums and has made many documentary reports, “a subject that has been cut for a year due to the pandemic.”

«I think the country loses with this project because it depends on Europe. Many workers have stopped going to the UK, others have left and there are companies that have done the same.

“I foresee bad times and I do not rule out that Brexit will be reversed in the future, in fact Scotland and Northern Ireland are claiming their permanence in Europe, although there are also British who defend a future outside Europe.”

Manuel Óscar Labarga, computer engineer: “The City of London will not suffer a decline”

He has lived in the United Kingdom since September 1, 2015, although his relationship with this country comes from his student stage. Former IBM professional, he now works for a Silicon Valley telecommunications company that has an office in the City of London, although since mid-March he has teleworked due to health restrictions. In fact, he’s in Madrid now “and I’m in no rush to go back. One of my daughters studies there and the schools are closed.

When he arrived in the British Isles, recalls Manuel, 54, Brexit was a “long shot” and the referendum was not expected to go through. “Since then there have been 4 years of great uncertainty but, for foreigners, the worst way out was a ‘no agreement’, which has not happened.” Manuel already has permanent residence and regardless of what happened, he could have continued working in the United Kingdom or returned to Spain for one or two years and returned again. “The problem is for those who come from now on, who enter the immigration system by points.”

‘Brexit with agreement is seen with some relief, although people are realizing that there are things that are not so obvious, such as the fact that the British and their children will not be able to work or study easily elsewhere from countries of the European Union. They wanted to solve some issues, like the collapse of their healthcare system, and many doors have been closed.

Manuel considers, however, that London will continue to be “very attractive” to work with, because it is still close to Europe and his native language is English. “They say that part of the financial sector activity is starting to leave the United Kingdom but I believe that the City will not suffer a decline and will only be affected with multinationals that are not British.”

The start of 2021 is worrisome. “Confinement seems stricter than that of March and April because in the United Kingdom it was more relaxed than in Spain. Everything joins the uncertainty with Brexit, because the agreement has not left everything well defined and problems will arise.