Expat Ireland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland

8 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Cyprus joins Ireland in Brexit conundrum

Ireland isn’t the only island being threatened by the worsening Brexit situation. The need for an Irish backstop as part of the Brexit agreement could also be applied to another, similar island set in slightly warmer climes – Cyprus. As in Ireland, the former British dependency is split into two halves and is home to a good proportion of the British military, although revolution isn’t the issue as yet in either case. The Greek half of Cyprus holds a large contingent of British military, set in Sovereign Base Areas containing...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Brexit to threaten Cypriot economy as well as expat lives

British expats and the British economy aren’t the only sectors expected to suffer due to Brexit. The upcoming disaster known as Brexit won’t just wreck the British economy and several million expats’ lives as it will also hit on the economies of a good number of the remaining EU member states. According to a report from Standard and Poor, the Netherlands, Ireland and Luxembourg will be worst hit, with Cyprus also extremely susceptible to the effects of new rules on the export of a variety of services and goods to the UK. The...
22 Feb at 6 PM 2019

HMRC chasing expats for back taxes due on disguised remuneration loans

The British taxman is now chasing expats for back taxes due because of a rule change on disguised remuneration loans. Almost 2,000 unhappy expats have now received income tax demands related to disguised remuneration loans taken out almost 20 years ago. Some 50,000 active cases are now being investigated, with expats being sent awareness letters by HMRC in an attempt to recover around £3.2 billion in unpaid taxes. The regulator has already agreed payments totalling £1 billion in unpaid income tax and national insurance contributions...
22 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Expats hijack UK ambassador meetup as Tusk gives tirade in Ireland

Expats in France are getting angrier and angrier as Brexit grinds on! The British Ambassador’s recent Brexit question and answer meetup in Paris didn’t quite go as intended, with furious British expatriates grilling and roasting the diplomat over the total lack of protection of their rights. Ambassador Edward Llewellyn ploughed through his planned speech emphasising how Theresa May was protecting expat rights, only to be met with heckling and bitter laughter from the assembled crowd. Worse still, when hit with well-researched and...
21 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Scottish PM determined to encourage EU citizens to stay post-Brexit

Scotland’s First Minister is determined to use every effort to persuade EU expats to stay post-Brexit in order to avoid potential shortfalls in the workforce. Nicola Sturgeon is planning to inform French lawmakers of her stance during an upcoming meeting, and is expected to emphasise that freedom of movement limitations will hurt Scotland far more than the UK. Both the Scottish tourism industry and SMEs have warned lawmakers labour shortages are already being felt, especially in remote areas where jobs are low-paid. The...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2019

British expats across Europe now claiming foreign citizenship and a second passport

Even before Brexit becomes a reality, many thousands of British citizens have voted with their feet by applying for European citizenship. One major reason for expatriating is that the UK just doesn’t feel like home any more, according to those who can’t wait to leave or have already left. Those with Irish grandparents are the luckiest, with 200,000 Brits claiming to be descendents of Irish citizens stating their relationships on their passport applications in 2018. The mass exodus includes those whose families were originally from...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Irish expats could find repatriation is an expensive luxury

Many Irish expats returning to their home country after years away will face a massive hike in their cost of living as well as having financial hurdles to jump. In addition to having to find a suitable property to call home during one of the country’s worse housing crises for decades, Irish returnees are likely to also have to battle to get any kind of social welfare. In addition, those wishing to take out private health insurance will need to do so within nine months of their repatriation or be prepared to pay far more than they...
18 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Expat motorists in Europe urged to get a Green Card

UK and expat motorists are being urged to get a green card before driving in Europe. The Association of British Insurers is urging drivers, whether UK expats or British residents, to get a Green Card before driving in Europe once Britain leaves the EU . Guidance published this morning covers a no-deal Brexit and urges drivers to contact their insurers and request a Green Card before travelling by car to or in Europe. The cards will be required as proof of valid insurance, and those travelling without one will be breaking the law. The...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Huge increase in Brits applying for EU passports

2018 has broken all records for the number of Brits applying for EU passports. It’s no surprise that the number of British citizens applying for European Union passports soared in 2018, and the rush is now on for the remainder of Brit expats desperate to keep their right to free movement after 29 March this year. The Republic of Ireland was the focus of the majority of new applicants, eligible if their parents or grandparents were born there. In 2017, numbers applying rose by 24 per cent over 2016, and last year’s rise over the...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2019

US Ambassador to UK slams massive bilateral post-Brexit trade deal

UK expats hoping against hope the PM’s deal will be rejected resulting in a new referendum and the end of Brexit may have the USA on their side, but not in the expected manner. At the time of the Brexit vote, great hopes of a major bipartisan trade deal with the USA were mooted, but the US Ambassador seems to have indicated it won’t happen. According to national media, Woody Johnson believes that, although Trump would like to see a deal, May’s negotiated EU agreement would prevent the USA from offering a bilateral deal as it’s...