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Brexit Catch-Up: Negotiations So Far

Since the Brexit negotiations began on the 19th June, we have reported on the Brexit expat offer and what will become of the EHIC card post-Brexit. However, given that the process of the UK leaving the EU is well into its third month, we thought it best to give an overview of all the happenings so far surrounding Brexit and its development.The negotiations between the EU and the UK continue. Major discussions were held in July and August, both followed my ... Read more

Shining a Light on the Brexit Expat Offer

In late June, British Prime Minster Theresa May put forward her post-Brexit offer for EU citizens living in the UK. May announced that she wanted to put people’s anxieties to rest by announcing her plans and discussing what the government would like for British expats currently residing in EU countries.The details of the offer laid out to EU citizens was published in a 15-page document as May brief MPs on the outcome of the EU summit which took place on 23rd ... Read more

Will British Expats in EU Face Green Card Scheme?

Britain’s vote to leave the EU has resulted in a multitude of speculation and there is no doubt that the result will redefine British relationships with the rest of Europe for the foreseeable future. When the UK decides to implement Article 50, the arduous and difficult process will begin.Negotiations are currently taking place on both sides of the Channel, and many are beginning to conjure their own decisions as to the protocol that should be followed when Britain is no longer ... Read more

A Spotlight on Brexit and Visas for Worried Expats

Continuing her tour of European capitals, new British Prime Minister Theresa May delivered press conferences in Bratislava and Warsaw. Her trip across the continent has continued to stir the immigration debate pot. Former European partners want to be strict with European Economic Area (EEA) membership, bringing the UK back into the freedom of movement with no means to mitigate it. The new cabinet will have to deal with the popular public opinion that the UK demands a significant decrease in immigration.This ... Read more

What Does Brexit Mean for Expats in the UK and the EU?

Spain, Ireland and France are amongst the most popular destinations for British expats. Europe, as a whole, currently hosts 1.3 million expats hailing from the UK. Thus far, those in the EU have been able to take advantage of the right to free movement and employment.Now that Britain has cast its vote and decided to leave the EU it has two years to arrange new deals with EU member states. This is under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. However ... Read more

Brexit Would Make Expat Pensioners £50,000 Poorer

British retirees who relocate to Europe could have their state pensions reduced by £50,000 over the next 20 years if the UK votes to leave the EU in the upcoming referendum.Currently, any individual who retired to a country within the EEA (European Economic Area) has their state pension increased every year under the ‘triple-lock’ system. This means that retirees benefit from pensions rising by the higher of wage or price inflation, subject to a minimum of 2.5%. However, in the event ... Read more

Brexit Will Leave 2 Million Brits In Legal Limbo

The UK government are warning that complex negotiations will be had following a decision to exit the European Union, so that the rights of UK citizens living in other EU countries can be determined.The House of Lords European Union committee are warning that negotiations may overrun the two years currently outlined, and European parliament and member states could forcefully relinquish any extension on the process. It has also been suggested that discussions of trade deals may take even longer, a proposed four ... Read more

British expats in Europe living in fear of Brexit

With the 23rd June referendum looming closer, British expats in Europe are becoming increasingly anxious about the repercussions of Britain leaving the European Union, with experts predicting an exodus from the continent if the vote swings in Brexit favour.With the likes of France threatening to remove access to public healthcare for Britons in the country and Spain already loosing British expats by the day due to its economic woes, the referendum is breeding panic amongst expats and James McGrory, of the Stronger ... Read more
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