UK expat rush to marry EU citizens hits social media

Published:  5 Jul at 6 PM
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It seems that the idea of marrying one’s EU citizen partner in order to stay in an EU member state has expanded into marrying anyone who’s willing in order to avoid having to return to the UK once it finally exits the EU.

In a surprise turn-around from hoping and praying common sense would return to the UK’s politicians and allow them to reverse the devastating effects of Brexit, UK expats are taking to social media begging for a marriage of convenience. Twitter and Facebook are the usual suspects as regards requests for spouses, with one possibly gay female poster saying she’d even a marry a man in order to stay in the EU and another saying he’d go gay it that was what it took to stay in the EU.

Many of the posts, of course, are tongue-in-cheek, but some are deadly serious, and couples who were quite happy to continue in their partnerships are rushing to get married rather than face being apart when Britain finally quits the EU. For them, moving to the UK together would be difficult if not impossible due to the strict financially-based immigration laws governing the spouses of British citizens.

The above reaction to the callous lack of information both before and after the referendum result was announced may well be good-natured as well as practical, but real fury is erupting following front-runner in the PM Theresa May’s outright refusal to secure the future of over two million EU citizens living and working in the UK. The Tory party is now being accused of messing with millions of lives by using them as bargaining chips in the upcoming EU negotiations.

Her comment that ‘Nobody necessarily stays anywhere forever’ shocked those campaigning for fair treatment, and was echoed by Immigration minister James Brokenshire’s confirmation that May’s stance was official government policy. Given that statement, the only way forward would seem to be an almost immediate general election which would nullify the referendum result and hopefully bring a return to common sense.
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