Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

30 May at 6 PM 2016

British expat retirees well placed to afford Iberian homes

Due to strong increases in UK property values during the last several years, UK retirees are well-placed to afford properties in Spain and Portugal. Spain’s Andalusia and the Algarve in Portugal are still favourites for Brits wanting great weather, a friendly community and lots of activities in retirement. Due to the increase in the value of UK homes in most areas, they’re able to afford luxury for the price of a basic semi-detached UK house. Property specialists in both destinations are convinced the areas will benefit from a...
28 May at 10 AM 2016

Expats stick with offshore banks in spite of poor rewards

A recent survey found that British expats are still making use of offshore banks rather than transferring their cash to foriegn onshore banks in overseas locations. In spite of scares such as the Icelandic bank failures and a lack of decent rates of interest on deposits, British expats living overseas seem to be sticking with their offshore banks. A survey undertaken on behalf of AES International has revealed that banking offshore is still the most popular way to go, even although the number of providers is falling fast and interest...
28 May at 10 AM 2016

Expats in unique Spanish beachside hideaway under Brexit threat

As the countdown to June 23 continues, the ripples of concern amongst Brit expats in Spain reach out to the most British of all Costa Blanca retiree havens. 70 miles south of the brawling Brit resort of Benidorm lies a newly-developed unique beach resort dedicated to UK expats. It’s not yet on the map, nor is easily found by taxi drivers and ambulances, yet it’s home to at least 25,000 retirees determined to recreate a ‘little Britain’ in the warm Spanish sun. Built some 30 years, ago, Orihuela Costa is culturally as far...
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...