Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

16 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Bremain in Spain condemns government attitude towards Brexit negotiations

Major expat rights campaign group Bremain in Spain is less than impressed by the current progress of Brexit negotiations. Chairperson of Bremain in Spain Sue Wilson’s opinions on the fifth Brexit negotiation talks and related government action are less than positive, and with good reason. Last week’s lively general news scene meant there was little coverage in the UK media of what turned out to be largely a non-event, with the UK team and David Davis not even bothering to turn up on two occasions. Theresa May’s interview...
13 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expat dog rescue charity in Spain finds homes for abandoned pets

A group of female expats in Alhama de Granada are working hard to find new homes for abandoned dogs in their area. One shock for dog-loving expats is to find the citizens of their new country don’t exactly mirror the attachment Brits have for their furry family members. Caring for dogs as an important part of our lives is the norm in the UK, whereas in Europe and especially in Asia the issue can be controversial, to say the least. It’s not easy to ignore the fact that dogs’ lives aren’t considered important, that they can be...
13 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expat buy to let investors losing out to the UK taxman

New tax rules on buy-to-let landlords have resulted in the UK becoming one of Europe’s most expensive countries for property tax. Due to mortgage and tax changes aimed at slowing house price inflation and levelling the British property market in favour of first-time buyers, expats investing in buy-to-let properties have been hard hit. A combination of the withdrawal of mortgage interest relief from high earners, increased rates of capital gains tax and higher stamp duty rates on purchases have made expats’ formerly effective...
13 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expat contractors being targeting by UK taxman

British contractors living and working overseas are now under closer scrutiny by the UK’s HM Revenue and Customs department. UK expat contractors are now under scrutiny by the British taxman following the stepping up of its requests to foreign tax authorities for information. Data obtained through a Freedom of Information request from a firm dealing with contractor payrolls and accountancy shows that over one thousand requests to overseas tax authorities for information on expat UK taxpayers were made in 2016 by HMRC. The number is...
12 Oct at 6 PM 2017

EU expats in UK to get free NHS treatment whilst UK expats must pay

British expats living and working in EU member states post-Brexit could be faced with expensive healthcare bills whilst EU nationals still living in the UK will get free NHS treatment. In yet another blow to UK citizens now living within the European Union, it seems a no-deal Brexit would mean they would be forced to pay for healthcare whilst EU nationals remaining in the UK would receive NHS treatment for free. Over a million Britons, many of whom are pensioners with existing health problems, are living in EU member states. The...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expats and tourists astonished by Thai beaches smoking ban

Expats and tourists alike were stunned by today’s announcement that smoking will be banned on 20 of Thailand’s main tourist beaches. It seems the ban was introduced after a report from the country’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources that employees had picked up tens of thousands of butts from one beach. The report claimed the vast number of discarded cigarette butts represented a third of all the waste commonly found on Thai beaches. Those breaking the new law are to be fined up to 100,000 baht (£2,280) and...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2017

May says no protection for UK expats should Brexit talks fail

The British Prime Minister has finally admitted she has no idea what may happen to UK expats living in Europe should Brexit negotiations fail. In an admission which illustrates the total lack of preparedness of the British Brexit negotiating team, Therese May has stated she has no idea what the fate of British expats in EU countries will be if negotiators don’t agree on a deal. She warned over a million Britons would be at the mercy of EU member state governments as there is no plan to secure their rights to remain should a no-deal...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2017

British expats in Catalonia fear outcome of independence referendum

British expats living in the Spanish province of Catalonia are dismayed at the chaos and political tension following last week’s independence referendum. British expats living and working in Barcelona and the rest of the province are shocked and unhappy over the botched referendum and its ensuing violent response, with many considering Madrid’s actions inevitable. Expat business owners are worried about the situation’s effect on commerce and tourism, and fear a possible backlash from the polling day violence between voters and...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2017

EU expat rights and UK expat pensions confirmed by British Brexit secretary

Brexit minister David Davies has confirmed the post-Brexit rights of EU citizens in the UK and British expats’ pension rights are secure. In a briefing session with UK parliamentarians, Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator said the EU had agreed on the two principles, although he gave no details of the exact contents of the agreements. He also told MPs he believes the EU negotiators needed to be more flexible in their attitudes to the UK’s proposals, adding that differences still existed on the issues of voting rights for UK expats...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2017

UK expat dreams of France can turn into nightmares

France is a favourite destination for UK citizens mesmerised by the dream of great food, cheap wine and a romantic rural haven, but the Gallic lifestyle can cause problems. The majority of British expats who leave the UK for a new life in France settle in without much in the way of problems, but for a few the initial experience is much more than they bargained for. At that point, the French dream becomes a nightmare, with disillusion and regret the order of the day. SOSHelp, an organisation set up to help newbie expats struggling with...