Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

18 Jan at 6 PM 2018

British expats in Spain approve Farage second referendum call

The anti-Brexit campaign group Bremain in Spain is supportive of Nigel Farage’s call for a second Brexit referendum. Bremain in Spain are in partnership with European Movement and Britain for Europe, and are fully in support of a second referendum based on the facts in an outline of a possible deal. Chair of Bremain in Spain Sue Wilson told local reporters she would expect a win for Remain voters, adding she’d love to throw the result as a 'win for the people' straight back at Brexit supporters who’ve been ‘shoving the...
18 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Husband of missing British mother arrested for boiler room fraud

Paul Muldoon is to be extradited to face boiler room fraud charges after being detained by police using a European Arrest Warrant. The abusive husband of missing British mother Rebecca Muldoon is to be extradited to the UK under a European Arrest Warrant for running a boiler room investment scam which defrauded British pensioners. Before he was arrested by British investigators, Muldoon was one of the UK’s most wanted financial scammers and had been on the run for over a year. He and his accomplices had been accused of running a...
18 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Dutch court judgement may determine the rights of 1.2 million UK expats in Europe

A court case brought by five UK nationals to a court in the Netherlands could mean citizenship rights for 1.2 million British expats. The aim of the court case is to persuade the Dutch judge to apply for clarification of UK expats’ citizenship rights to the European Court of Justice. Should the judge agree this course of action and ECJ rules in the expats’ favour, the door could be opened for all UK nationals in EU member states to retain essential rights such as freedom of movement. According to a BBC report, the ECJ, acting...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Cala Romantica fraud victims get their money back in court

Spanish bank Sabadell Solbank has been ordered to reimburse damages of hundreds of thousands to expats who lost out over a failed off-plan real estate development. The scam began in 2006, when the Cala Romantica development was launched as an off-plan opportunity due to be completed by 2008. Construction had stalled long before the purchase contracts were cancelled in 2011 just before the developers declared bankruptcy. Dozens of buyers lost all their savings due to the collapse, leading eventually to their lawyers sueing the...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Expats to benefit from changes in Federation of European FAs

FEIFA now has a new associate membership sector developed to meet the needs of the European expat community. FEIFA’s new sector is aimed at professional advisors who aren’t IFAs but who are working with global employees with a cross-border lifestyle which complicates their financial affairs and needs. Included are expats from overseas working in the UK, British expats abroad and individuals with incomes from or assets in other jurisdictions. This combination, according to the association, can unnecessarily complicate the making of...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Expats account for a quarter of all Portuguese property purchases

Portugal is as popular as ever with expats, who’ve accounted for 25 per cent of 2017 property purchases. Foreign buyers are becoming even more active in Portugal’s property market, with data showing a 30 per cent increase in 2017 sales over the same period in 2016. Some 152,000 homes found buyers from France, Brazil, the UK and China, and the figures may be even higher as the figures only show the total of properties sold via real estate agencies. According to Portugal’s realtor association, the number of sales in 2018 is...
12 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Search stepped up for missing British expat in Marbella

Following an appeal launched earlier this week by English language expat newspaper Olive Press, the search for missing mother of two Rebecca Muldoon has been ramped up by Spanish police. Emergency 112 are now operating from a base on Camino del Pinar and are coordinating the search for the missing woman. Coverage of Rebecca’s disappearance has spread to local British media outlets as well as the international and national press in Spain and the UK. The search team now includes emergency personnel working with Emergency 112,...
12 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Expats in UK worried about Brexit effect on their finances

As speculation on the effects of a hard Brexit racks up, expats living and working in the UK are dissatisfied at best and fearful at worst. As a result of the ongoing uncertainty, the UK has dropped like a stone in the recent InterNations Expat Insider survey, managing only 54th place out of the 65 countries in the study. Significant falls were seen in all indices, but the results of the personal finance category were the worst. Clearly, rising inflation coupled with the weakening pound sterling is causing panic amongst a majority of...
11 Jan at 6 PM 2018

International mobility threatened by worldwide instability and tightening visa laws

A recent report is showing a strong decline in the numbers of Britons being sent overseas by their employers. The Brexit effect may well be the cause of a decline in the number of Britons being sent on secondment or assignment to worldwide destinations, according to a recent report. Just two years ago, 13 per cent of all overseas assignments were for British professionals working at UK-based companies, with the figure for 2017 falling to nine per cent. Another reason for the decline may well be the changed political climate and its...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Dubai jails British expat for furious email to dodgy car dealer

Dubai’s habit of jailing Western expats for what seems like no good reason is hitting the news yet again. British estate agent Yaseen Killick was understandably angry when the second-hand Volkswagen Gold he’d bought from a local dealer for £6,000 broke down the next day. Anger turned to fury when he discovered the car had previously been written off following an accident and had been purchased as a wreck from the insurance company by the dealer. Killick sent a WhatsApp message to the dealer accusing him of ripping him off and...