Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expat voters with representatives could change the world

Over the last five decades, the number of expats living abroad has soared to 250 million, but almost all have no effective political representation back in the home country. Whilst it might seem illogical that citizens who’ve opted to spend many years overseas should have a say in the politics of the home country, the last few years have shown how necessary this is. Across the world, recent elections and one referendum have brought in disastrous changes which would possible not have happened should expat opinions and their votes...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

No need for UK expat panic over French draft law

A media clarification about the French government’s intentions for UK expats after a no-deal Brexit explains the issue as it now stands. Recent press reports on British expats’ status in France should a no-deal Brexit happen have caused unnecessary concern to many UK citizens who’ve chosen to make the country their permanent home.The French parliament’s recently released draft law does not in any way make life impossible for the British expat community. Misinterpretation of the document’s initial paragraph seems to have...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Last South African QROPS removed from list by HMRC

The latest HMRC list has confirmed the removal of South Africa’s last QROPS. The list, published October 15, conforms the removal of the ABSA Group Pension Fund, with neither the group nor HMRC commenting on the removal to date. Normally, QROPS deletions take place for one of three reasons – either HMRC is investigating the scheme’s tax or administrative status, the last members has either transferred out or drawn down or the provider itself has closed down. South Africa has been a registered QROPS participant ever since the...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Disenfranchised Brit expats come closer to getting vote

A Welsh MP's private members’ bill aimed at ending the hated 15-year disenfranchisement rule has moved one small step closer to becoming law. The Overseas Electors Bill, brought forward by MP Glyn Davies and supported by famous nonagenarian British expat Harry Shindler, has been passed for a second reading by the British House of Commons. Parliamentarians approved the financing of the bill, but also stated there are serious concerns about the cost of adding some five million voters to Britain’s electoral roll. The 15-year...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Controversy surrounding Golden Visas causes calls for more control

Recent publicity surrounding the controversial subject of Golden Visas is resulting in calls for more control over their issuance. EU lawmakers are now calling for tighter controls over the so-called Golden Visa purchases of second passports and residential rights in exchange for cash. Major concerns about the second passport schemes are centred around the likelihood of money-laundering, especially since a spate of scandals concerning Malta, Estonia, Denmark and Latvia came to light. It has to be said that it’s not clear whether or...
15 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in Portugal urged to register as residents

The recently arrived new British Ambassador to Portugal is urging British expats to register with the authorities before March 29. Ambassador Chris Sainty believes there may come a point when it’s crucial for British expatriates living in Portugal to have the correct registration papers before Brexit kicks in. His comment came during a two-day tour of the Algarve, home to a good number of British expats, during which he stressed the need for members of the British expat community to ensure their proof of residency. Sainty said there...
15 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Andalusia now hotspot for UK pre-retirement property purchases

Andalusian real estate firms whose clients are mainly pre-retirement Brits cite change of lifestyle as the main attraction. According to leading agencies in the area, around 80 percent of British property hunters are looking for a holiday home which can become their retirement dream at a later date. In addition, the majority are looking to integrate into a typical Andalusian lifestyle. At the present time, the easiest homes to sell are those priced between 50,000 and 100,000 euros. According to Andalusia-based real estate agents...
15 Oct at 6 PM 2018

QROPS transfer tax revenues disappoint HMRC

UK expat pensioners might well be overjoyed to hear the controversial QROPs overseas transfer tax has been a bitter disappointment for the UK taxman. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs was expecting a welcome windfall when it introduced the unpopular transfer tax, paid by expat retirement savers on the transfer of their offshore pensions. The British taxman projected an influx of cash at around £65 million, but only 30 eligible transfers took place during the 2017/2018 tax year, netting the taxman a paltry £1.4 million in total....
12 Oct at 6 PM 2018

New German laws aim at helping UK expat workers avoid post-Brexit problems

Germany is making plans to simplify the lives of resident British expats during the post-Brexit transition period. As the British government struggles to get its own way over Brexit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is working on a plan to make UK expats’ lives easier for at least a short while. Berlin is now drafting a new law which will allow British expats living and working in Germany the option of keeping their UK citizenship after applying for German citizenship for at least as long as the duration of the post-Brexit...
12 Oct at 6 PM 2018

HSBC survey rates Thailand lower than in 2017 rankings

A recently published HSBC survey ranks Thailand six points lower than in last year’s listings. Once one of the most popular destinations for expat retirees, Thailand has slipped still further in the results of the latest Expat Explorer survey, losing six points from last year’s results and finishing 21st out of the 31 countries whose rankings were released earlier this week. Expats rated property and general health highly, with disposable income also scoring well, but the final result was affected by low scores in a number of...