Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

24 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Anti Brexit online petition response crashes website

An online parliamentary petition set up by furious Remain voters has proved so popular that its site has crashed. The online petition calls for the UK government to implement a rule relating to the percentage of votes and turnout. It states that in the case of a turnout of less than 75 per cent with either Leave or Remain votes totalling less than 60 per cent, a second referendum should be triggered. Uploaded online this morning, the 'petition.parliament.uk' site was initially difficult to access due to the huge response from...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2016

British expats overseas denied referendum postal votes through EC incompetence

Giving that the referendum result was a close call, is it possible that international postal chaos and EC inefficiency has been responsible for the Brexit win? British expats across three continents are outraged after losing their chances to vote in the Brexit referendum due to international postal chaos and the uncaring attitude of the UK’s Electoral Commission . Unacceptable delays and administrative errors have caused an as yet unspecified number of Brit expats living overseas to be denied the chance to voice their views....
24 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in Spain shock horror reaction to Brexit win

UK expats living and retiring in Spain are in a state of shock as their worst fears about Brexit are confirmed. Brits living the good life in Spain woke this morning to their worst nightmare – the decision of a majority of eligible referendum voters to leave the UK. Immediately, sterling plummeted against a basket of currencies and world stock markets braced themselves for a replay of the financial crash of 2008. The immediate fall in the value of sterling will affect the lifestyles of UK state pensioners across Spain, causing...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expat retirees backtracking as more young people leave

A recent survey has revealed an increase in younger people becoming expats whilst more retirees are returning to the UK due to financial woes. In 2015, more than 121,000 UK citizens left the UK and headed for expat destinations across the world, according to the Office for National Statistics. At the same time, a NatWest International survey indicated that almost half the total left to work overseas, and around 6 per cent left to study at overseas universities. Taking the two studies into account, it seems that expats are becoming...
23 Jun at 9 AM 2016

Could votes by UK expats in Oz swing the referendum

Tomorrow’s the day the long-term future of the UK is decided, with the million or more UK expats living in Australia possibly able to swing the vote to Remain. British passport holders living in OZ are fully entitled to postal votes if they have lived overseas for less than 15 years. Australia is home to 1.2 million expat Brits, with New Zealand accounting for another quarter of a million. Both the Remain and Leave camps have been at full stretch in the run-up to the referendum, knowing the possible size of the antipodean voter list...
22 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Hong Kong now worlds most expensive expat city

One of the most important and longest running cost of living surveys has declared Hong Kong to be the most expensive cities in the world for expats. The 22nd Mercers survey places the Asian expat hotspot at the top of its list of 209 cities as regards cost of living. The aim of the annual study is to help major employers decide on relocation packages, taking into account the average prices of over 200 items from a beer or a coffee to accommodation costs. Hong Kong’s elevation to the top of the tree isn’t a surprise, as the...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Cyprus government running scared of the Brexit effect

In spite of appeals from British expats, the Cypriot government is keeping its cards very close to its chest as regards the possibly devastating effects of a Brexit on the local economy. Reports of a probable collapse of tourism to the island plus the loss of a large number of British expats now in residence have been circulating for several weeks. However, if the government has any contingency plans, it’s in no hurry at all to divulge them to either the expat community or its own population, the majority of whom are involved in the...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Body of murdered expat dad found in Pattaya police morgue

Scots expat Steve Balfour’s body was found in a Pattaya police morgue a month after he disappeared during a visit to his Thai daughter. Steve Balfour, a security consultant working in Basra,Iraq, went missing on May 14 during one of his regular visits to Pattaya to see his six-year old daughter Georgina, The child was living with Steve’s former Thai wife, Nan Kidaw, following the couple’s acrimonious divorce last year. Pattaya police found Steve’s body in a Walking Street room on May 15, but failed to inform his family or the...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expat first steps for your Spanish dream lifestyle

The dream of a Spanish lifestyle has seduced UK would-be expats for decades, but peace of mind and a lack of hassle depends on getting it right from the moment you arrive. Emigrating overseas is an increasingly attractive option for British citizens approaching retirement. thinking of setting up a small business in a warm, friendly environment or simply searching for a change to a less stressful lifestyle. Spain’s Mediterranean coastline has long been a favourite destination for its combination of great weather, established expat...
17 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Tragic murder of MP Jo Cox puts hold on Brexit campaigning

Yesterday’s shocking news of the murder of Batley MP Jo Cox resulted in both the Remain and Leave camps suspending their campaigning until at least Saturday out of respect for the popular parliamentarian. As the appalling news broke that one of politics’ brightest young stars had been stabbed and shot to death outside her constituency centre in Birstall, Yorkshire, the entire nation reacted with horror and grief. Since then, condolences and tributes have been arriving from her constituents, her parliamentary colleagues, British...