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26 May at 6 PM 2016

Result of latest Brexit Poll sends sterling exchange rate soaring

Tuesday’s Brexit poll result is bringing good news to expats living in EU member states due to its positive effect on sterling exchange rates. Expats living in favourite European retirement havens are happy to receive positive news on two fronts this week. Results of a new Brexit poll by ORB Telegraph revealed the Remain campaign is now ahead by a full 13 points, with the immediate effect that sterling rose against the Euro to 1.32 to the pound.It’s especially good news for retirees on UK state pensions, the real value of which...
26 May at 6 PM 2016

Weird expat requests to Brit consular staff

It’s not just expats who have problems with their embassies - the FCO staff themselves have their own problems with wacky expat requests. It’s fair to say that many Brit expats feel they’re not being well served by their country’s overseas embassies and consulates, but employees in these unappreciated outposts have their problems as well. Not every expat moving overseas, and certainly not every tourist, bothers to revew the home country’s overseas services online before picking up a phone when there’s a problem....
25 May at 6 PM 2016

Disenfranchised expats lose battle to win referendum voting rights

Britain’s Supreme Court yesterday ruled that expats living outside the UK for more than 15 years must remain banned from voting in the upcoming Brexit referendum. The battle’s finally over, with those who’ve lost possibly facing an unknown future without having any say in the final decision. To those who handed out the verdict, it was simply the conclusion of a legal argument delivered by a panel of judges who could not, or would not, take into account the effect of a Brexit on millions of British citizens exercising their free...
25 May at 6 PM 2016

British expats in Dubai hold Brexit referendum debate

A heated debate on the Brexit referendum took place in Dubai’s Capital Club, attended by a good number of expats working in the kingdom. The discussion demonstrated that being thousands of miles away has no effect on the strength of feelings of those who consider the UK as their true home. Strong opinions were stated by supporters of both sides of the argument, beginning with Gulf News Editor Francis Matthew’s reminder of Britain’s long-standing connection with Europe. Referring to the descriptions ‘Norman’ and...
24 May at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows majority of expats in Europe wish to remain EU citizens

According to research carried out by a major website aimed at UK expats, the vast majority of UK citizens living in EU countries are in favour of Britain’s staying put in the EU. The survey, carried out with a representative sample of expats in Europe, showed that 71 per cent are committed to staying in the EU. Just 23 per cent are intending to vote to leave the union, with six percent unable to make up their minds as yet. The survey, conducted by global expat network AngloInfo, demonstrated that in spite of non-stop campaigning by...
23 May at 6 PM 2016

Supreme Court last ditch chance for disenfranchised UK expat voters

Following a Court of Appeal rejection last Friday, disenfranchised UK expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years are pinning their fading hopes on the Supreme Court. Friday’s Court of Appeal ruling by Lady Justice King, Lord Dyson and Lord Justice Elias upheld the original decision that British voting law did not legally interfere with the EU’s right of freedom of movement. Leigh Day lawyer Richard Stein, acting for 95-year old Harry Shindler and Jacqueline MacLennan, told reporters that an emergency Supreme Court...
23 May at 6 PM 2016

Ryanair Brexit voters cheap flight offer under police investigation

Following its spectacular offer of ultra-cheap flights to the UK for expats wanting to vote ‘no’ to a Brexit, the controversial low-cost airline is under police investigation for breaching UK bribery laws. Ryanair’s advertisement stated that expats wishing to vote ‘Remain’ could fly home for just €19.99 on either 22nd or 23rd June in order to express their preferences for staying in the EU. Unsurprisingly, this clever ploy did not sit well with those organising the Vote Leave campaign, who immediately complained to the...
20 May at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats reject chance to vote in Brexit referendum

Inexplicably, only a small fraction of UK expats living in EU member states have registered to vote in the June 23 Brexit referendum. The several million British expatriates living, retiring and working in Europe could have made up a key constituency with strong influence over the results of the referendum. Endless media reports assumed that the threat of losing the right to residency, to work, to benefit from free healthcare and to continue receiving annual state pension upgrades would result in a stampede in favour of remaining in...
19 May at 6 PM 2016

UK budget airline offers ultra cheap UK returns for expat Brexit voters

The very special offer by controversial British low-cost carrier Ryanair is aimed at encouraging expats living in Europe to fly home to vote in the June 23 Brexit referendum. Mega-discounted seats costing from as low as £15.40 are on offer, but those wanting to book will have to be quick as the offer ends tonight – 19th May. The sale is based on Ryanair boss’s repeated warnings that Britain’s leaving the EU would result in far fewer low-cost flights to Europe as well as fare increases across the board. Ryanair’s chief...
17 May at 6 PM 2016

UK expat contractors with own companies face tax shock

New Inland Revenue regulations governing personal service companies may cause increased tax burdens for expat single owner businesses. The new tax laws, brought in on 6 April this year, will affect oil workers on contracts as well as other single-owner businesses.The focus of the changes is on the individual whose right it is to ‘supervise, control and direct’ (SDC) the contractor on-site, even if the right is not used. Should a third party have an SDC right, a raft of new tax measures will apply. Firstly, contractors working...