Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

30 Jun at 6 PM 2016

British expats besiege Brussels town halls in rush to become Belgian

According to Belgian officials, hundreds of desperate UK citizens living and working in Brussels and the rest of the country are rushing to start nationalisation proceedings. The little country of Belgium is home to around 24,000 Britons, many of whom are working for Brussels-based organisations such as NATO and the EU institutions. Since the Brexit shock, many have decided to apply for Belgian nationality rather than endure two years of uncertainty followed by the possibility of not being able to stay. Mayor of Brussels’ Ixelles...
30 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Beijing worry about Brexit effects

International expats living and working in Beijing are increasingly concerned about the short- and long-term effects of Britain’s leaving the European Union. UK expats in Beijing and China’s other major cities are in a state of anxiety and uncertainty ever since the shock waves resulting from the Brexit win reverberated across the planet. Although everything’s in a state of flux right now, the possible future implications need to be studied. The big question being asked by expats in China as well as across the rest of the...
30 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Royal Mail refuses to admit inefficiency in managing expat postal votes

The first official report of expat voters losing their chance to vote in the referendum due to the inefficiency of the Royal Mail confirms suspicions that the Brexit result might have been Remain. Castle Point Council in Essex has admitted it had been necessary to send out a second batch of 144 postal voting cards to its British citizens living in EU member states. Out of the second batch, 106 votes were received and noted, suggesting that 38 expats from the area had not received the cards in time to return them. Despite the Royal...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Romantic expats propose to counter Brexit effect

One certain strategy to avoid being caught up in disastrous Brexit side-effects is to get married very quickly to your chosen Spanish partner Brits in long-term partnership with Spanish nationals are queuing up to pop the question in order to ensure their rights to stay in Spain after the UK finally leaves the EU. ‘Marry me so that I can stay here’ isn’t the most romantic of proposals but, provided the answer is ‘Yes’, it’s the fastest and most sure way to secure a happy future in the sun. Google searches on the subject of...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Veteran Harry Shindler asks Human Rights Commission to cancel referendum result

Famous for his long term attempts to regain the vote for UK expats who’ve lived abroad for more than 15 years, Harry Shindler is appealing to the Human Rights Commission to void the referendum result. Harry’s fight to allow long-stay UK expats to vote has taken at least a decade, and is highly personal for him as he first arrived in Italy as a soldier during WW2. He met and later married his Italian sweetheart, and has lived in Italy ever since without losing his affection for the land of his birth. His first attempt involved...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Brexit threats affect Brits at home and abroad

The full effects of Britain’s leaving the EU won’t be felt until two years of negotiation are done and dusted, but the reality is that the majority of changes won’t benefit either UK expats or UK residents. The 40 years’ norms of travel, passports, jobs overseas and in the UK, visas, immigration, free movement and more will all be turned on their heads once the UK finally withdraws from the EU. It’s only now that many British citizens who voted Leave due to immigration concerns are realising they’ve not been told the whole...
28 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Is citizenship or permanent residency the expat answer to Brexit

Ever since last Thursday’s shocking referendum result, social media has been buzzing with EU-based expat suggestions of how to avoid being forced back to the UK. Prior to the vote, expat media outlets in several EU member states carried reports that long-term British expats were hedging their bets by applying for citizenship of their countries of residency. Now that scary suspicions have been replaced by awful realities, many more are deciding to become French, Spanish or even Bulgarian rather than resume living in the UK....
28 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Will Brexit kill the Spanish property market

Recent good news that the Spanish property market is finally escaping years in the doldrums has been overturned by Brexit and the slump in sterling. Although a glimmer of hope for long-term British expats on the Costas was given yesterday by the Spanish prime minister, the long-term projections as to Brexit’s effect on the property market, tourism in general and expats’ right to remain are far less than optimistic. Up until the referendum, foreign buyers, mostly from the UK, were queuing up to grab their own slice of Spanish sun,...
27 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Brexit voters turn Bregret and call for second referendum

Common sense, changed minds, political and economic chaos, the postal vote scandal and a dose of reality following last week’s Brexit win are all sparking calls for a second referendum. After one of the world’s most poorly-run, deceptive and potentially disastrous referenda, the real world seems to be dawning on a large number of UK citizens as well as British expats living in EU member states and across the world. Calls for a second referendum include those who were disenfranchised due to the postal voting chaos and those...
27 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Thailand worried about Brexit reverberations

As the value of sterling shrinks due to the disastrous and unexpected result of the Brexit referendum, expats living in the southeast Asian retirement hub as well as visitors are expressing their concern. According to Thailand’s popular English language newspaper Bangkok Post, it’s not just British expats living, retiring and working in Thailand who are concerned about the effects of the Leave win. British tourists are also worried about the increased cost of holidays and the economic instability caused by the exchange rate. At...