US expats in UK cool about returning home

Published:  11 Nov at 6 PM
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Although the Trump presidency came as a shock to most US expats in Britain, it’s not expected to affect their plans to return home.

Post-election reactions from the US expat community in London seem to be less extreme than was expected before the actual vote took place. Even those who’ve lived in the UK for decades are saying they have no plans to become Canadian citizens or discount the possibility of an eventual return to the USA.

London estate agents are reporting no change in the demand for prime London properties, although this is being put down to the fall in the pound causing a drop in prices for those purchasing in other currencies. One buyer operating from New York is planning to purchase a central London home for around £17 million, and Americans already living here don’t seem to have been put off by what’s happening at home.

Many, however, are concerned the popular movement in the USA may now be reversing the gains made over the past decades in equality, human rights and justice. Others say the election result has changed their world view, with most waiting to see if Trump keeps his more extreme campaign promises or listens to more experienced political advisors.

Several expats working in finance said the Brexit shock had blunted their ability to react negatively to irrational political decisions, wherever they’re made, with one saying he felt the US vote would become more acceptable that the British public’s vote to leave the European Union. US citizens knew what they would get should they vote Trump, he added, but the Brits still have no idea what disasters Brexit will bring.

One CEO said it all, in that Trump’s victory should not be taken as approval of the man or his policies. She added that acceptance is a typical American reaction to the unexpected, and is, in this case, all part of the deal. Americans, she said, should simply trust that the system is far bigger than any one person within it.
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