Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

29 Apr at 6 PM 2016

High Court Brexit vote judgment ignores and insults UK expats

The judgment handed down by the High Court regarding the right to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum both ignores and insults British citizens who have chosen to exercise their entitlement to free movement within the EU. Although the case will now go directly to appeal at the Supreme Court, yesterday’s decision simply fuels the fires of uncertainty and fear across expat communities in Eu member states. Comments made by the judges disregarded the possible plight of expats, with those still unable to cast their votes the worst...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Brexit court judgment excludes 700000 expat voters

The concerns of 700,000 long-stay British expats have been dismissed by the High Court in a controversial ruling. Judges at the High Court yesterday dismissed the case for allowing British citizens who’ve lived overseas for over 15 years to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum. The verdict wasn’t unexpected, with lawyers acting for Harry Shindler and Jacqelyn MacLannan immediately announcing an appeal to the Supreme Court. Lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that expats fear becoming resident aliens in their chosen EU member...
28 Apr at 6 PM 2016

UAE visa requirement changes causing expatriate concern

From tomorrow, planning ahead for a visit to Abu Dhabi or Dubai will need to include a compulsory e-visa for citizens of certain countries. The new regulation, set to come into force tomorrow, 29th April, involves expatriates and other visitors arriving via the Oman border. The rule is due to affect over 1,500,000 expats at present living in the Sultanate and will apply to arrivals by air as well as by road. A number of nationalities including Filipinos and Indians will have to apply for e-visas whatever their jobs, as the former...
27 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows massive expat majority in support of Stay campaign

British expats able to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum are overwhelmingly in favour of staying as part of the European Union. Global expat network Angloinfo’s survey results released earlier this week showed that almost three quarters of respondents intended to vote to stay. Just 20 per cent are in favour of leaving the EU, and seven per cent are still undecided as to how they will vote The study reached out to over 2,800 of Angloinfo’s user base of expats living in many countries across the world. Of those who were in...
27 Apr at 9 AM 2016

UK expats down under lure traditional British stores

Expat nostalgia, at least for certain retail aspects of the home country, is alive and kicking in Australia, resulting in several traditional British favourites launching online stores. British expats, wherever in the world they settle, seem to be unable to dislodge their fond memories of traditional British retail outlets and foods. It’s not just fish ‘n chips, pints of bitter and Marks and Spencers’ underwear they’re missing, it’s the huge department stores beloved by generations of English shoppers. Since the world...
25 Apr at 6 PM 2016

British teachers flock overseas for international school jobs

Schools in the UK are battling against a brain drain of experienced teachers heading overseas to teach at at international schools. Following the boom in the numbers of elite British schools opening overseas campuses, more and more international schools are appearing in expat-friendly countries worldwide. As a result, lucrative relocation packages are encouraging British teachers to take the opportunities of a lifetime and leave the UK. With Britain’s schools already experiencing a recruitment famine, the brain drain effect of...
25 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Barclays Bank to finally close its Gibraltar operations

After 125 years’ service to expats and residents on Britain’s overseas territory Rock of Gibraltar, Barclays Bank is finally shutting its doors and departing. A strategic review of the bank’s operations in Gibraltar took place in 2014, sounding the death knell for over a century of providing financial services to residents and expats on the Rock. Since then, a skeleton staff of 14 permanent employees and two contracted workers has focused operations on the bank’s local high net worth clients and large businesses. All staff...
22 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Study shows majority of EU based expats have Brexit fears

A recent study has revealed that two thirds of UK expats living in European Union countries are concerned that Britain’s leaving the EU would have significant negative effects on their lives. The poll, carried out on behalf of an investment and financial advisory company, involved expatriates in France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Germany. Just over two-thirds of respondents admitted they were anxious about the outcome Brexit, with 24 per cent unconcerned and eight per cent saying they did not know. According to...
21 Apr at 6 PM 2016

High Court ruling on expat voting disenfranchisement to be delayed

Following this week’s High Court hearing, British expats in Europe are now waiting for the court to make a ruling on the controversial issue. The long-awaited legal challenge of the UK government's ruling of disenfranchisement for expats living overseas for over 15 years has resulted in the High Court reserving judgment on the issue. Lawyers for plaintiffs Harry Shindler and Jacquelyn MacLennan argued that expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years were ‘on the horns of an impossible dilemma’ as they would need to...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Panama Papers fallout may hit expat offshore accounts

Although only a few UK expats are likely to be caught up in the Panama Papers scandal, many more could be badly affected by the knock-on effect of offshore banks’ reactions. Many offshore branches of high street banking names operate from financial centres such as the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, serving UK expats now disallowed from using onshore banking facilities. Offshore centres also offer insurance and investments specifically targeted at expat needs. Over the last few years, the numbers of expat-friendly offshore...