Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

19 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Brit pensioners in EU don’t trust government’s three year uprate guarantee

In spite of the UK government's promise, British expats in Europe are still fearful over their state pension uprates. It seems the recent announcement by the then UK Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd that UK state pension uprates would continue to be paid to British retirees in Europe for three years isn’t being regarded by those affected as being set in tablets of stone. As a result, the comparatively short period of time is causing added anxiety amongst British expat pensioners across Europe. Together with the devastating...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Expat Brits on Cyprus now have another year to apply for residency

Should a no-deal Brexit be the end result, British expats in Cyprus now have until December 31, 2020 to register for legal status. Wednesday’s announcement of an extra 14 months’ deadline for legal status applications was made on the island’s Migration Department website and will help to calm British expats’ fears as a no-deal exit from the EU looms ever nearer. Initially, residency permit applications could be made up until October 31 for the MEU1, MEU2 and MEU3 permits, with the island’s British High Commission welcoming...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Johnson slammed by international company CEO for gambling with expat lives

Following on the Luxembourg PM’s tell-it-like-it-is moment, a multinational finance company’s CEO has accused Johnson of being a high-stakes, misguided gambler. Founder of the well-known deVere Group Nigel Green slammed Johnson for risking the futures of several million Britons and their families living in Europe as well as the millions of EU citizens living and working in the UK. Green’s statement followed on from Xavier Bettel’s hitting out at Johnson when he abruptly refused to participate in a previously arranged press...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2019

British expat couple in Spain lose literally everything due to devastating floods

In an update on last week’s devastating storms and floods in Spain, one heartbroken expat couple film the bare earth where their home once stood. British expat couple Richard and Liesl Cavender had chosen a plot close by the Segura River and near Orihuela city for their new home after leaving the UK to start a new life. Until the gigantic storms broke, Richard ran an IT support business from home, aimed at expats and local businesses, and his wife ran an online sales site retailing toners and printer ink. Right now, the couple are...
17 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Luxembourg protest Johnson visit

Luxembourg-based British expat protestors gave Boris Johnson a hard time as he left after his lunch meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker to attend a meeting with the Luxembourg PM. The scene outside the meeting quickly turned to chaos as the assembled expatriate protestors booed the PM and shouted Brexit chants as he was driven away for his appointment with Luxembourg’s Prime Minister. Minutes later, chief negotiator Michel Barnier left the building to demonstrators’ shouts of ‘save us, Barnier’. Flags reading ‘No good Brexit’...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2019

HRMC QROPS tax windfall transfer charge flops

The British taxman’s cunning scheme to grab millions of pounds from British retirees transferring their pensions to an overseas QROPS is now officially an almost complete failure. When the tax-grabbing scheme was first announced, HMRC gave an estimated windfall figure of around £125 million, raised from estimates of transfers in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 tax years. In reality, tax income from the scheme raised just £760,000 from 24 savers last year, and £1.4 million from the 30 transfers made in the previous year. The total numbers...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Expats in French village terrified over no deal Brexit

Expats in a charming French village are living in fear of a no deal Brexit. British expats make up a quarter of the population of the quaint French village of Gouarec, and are becoming more and more anxious about their futures as the clock winds down to October 31. Their fears are focused on access to French healthcare and their pension entitlements, as well as losing their rights to free movement as many have family and friends back in the UK. As has been the case since the 2016 referendum, they’ve been unable to get concrete...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Dismal Kuwait expat survey ranking criticised in Arab online media

Kuwait’s recent ‘worst destination for expats’ ranking in a major expat survey seems to have struck a chord in an online UAE news outlet. After Kuwait’s relegation to 64th out of 64 nations surveyed for the second year running, the ranking achieved viral status as local and international media comments made sure the world’s expat community was aware of the emirate’s downsides. According to the survey results, expats would be better off in Russia, Nigeria, India, Turkey and even the UK than in Kuwait. Even more galling...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats urged to join anti-Brexit protests in Malaga and Gibraltar

For many expat Brits, Johnson’s political manoeuvering resulting in the closure of the British parliament for five weeks in the run-up to October 31 was a step too far. Should a no-deal Brexit happen as planned by Britain’s most unpopular PM ever, the effect on the UK itself is expected to be devastating, but the effect on British expats who chose new lives for themselves via a move to a European Union member state will be far worse. For retirees who fled inflation and Britain’s dismal weather for an affordable quality of life...
10 Sep at 6 PM 2019

American Citizens Abroad takes on the fight for USA expat tax fairness

American expats living overseas are urging their compatriots to join the fight for tax fairness. The non-profit American Citizens Abroad support group are urging all affected USA expats to join them in a campaign aimed at fighting the onerous tax compliance burdens incurred by all US citizens living outside the home country. The campaign is making use of an online appeal which guarantees the delivery of all messages received straight to Congressional offices as well as to the House Ways and Means Committee responsible for tax...