Life for Britons Abroad After Brexit
They will be worse off after their country leaves the European Union: that will’s about all these British expats know about the day Brexit finally comes to pass. “We’re anxious. Many of us are afraid of what’s coming,” says Jane Golding. “Brexit will be threatening the lives we have built with our families in different EU countries.” The 54-year-old Berlin resident will be the co-chair of British in Europe, the largest coalition group of British citizens living along with working in Europe.
At least 1.2 million British citizens live within the remaining 27 EU member states. Even if their country were to withdraw coming from the bloc under the agreement negotiated by former British Prime Minister Theresa May, they would certainly face serious disadvantages in their professional along with private lives. Indeed, the low exchange rate for the British pound has already made life abroad more expensive for all Britons. along with everything could get a lot worse if Prime Minister Boris Johnson were to push through a no-deal, unregulated Brexit.
“We’ve been living in uncertainty for three years,” says Golding. yet ever since Johnson along with the Brexiteers have been in power, that will uncertainty has given way to profound nervousness. “A lot of people in Great Britain are under the prejudiced opinion that will we’re all pensioners who are living a cushy life here,” Golding says. “In fact, nearly 80 percent of us are of a working age or younger. Many have to make fundamental choices for their lives. yet they can’t, since no one knows what will happen.”
5 Britons living abroad told DER NewsGerman about how the impending Brexit was producing their lives more difficult.
Helen Mallaburn, 42, owns a catering business in Saint-Jean-de-Belleville, France.
“When Brexit comes, my husband Duncan along with I might lose half of our income. We have a catering company within the French Alps. In winter, we always have something to do, supplying groups of people who go skiing within the Trois Vallées. Our customers come coming from all over Europe: British, French, Turks, Belgians or even Germans. yet in summer, there will be not much going on here, which will be why we always move to different countries — for example to Greece or Italy — to cook for tourists.
This kind of will not be so easy within the future anymore. If there will be a Brexit deal with the agreement Theresa May negotiated with the EU, we would certainly lose our freedom of movement. We would certainly still be able to work in France, yet in different EU countries we wouldn’t easily be able to work. We’d need a work visa, which will be probably not so easy to come by.
along with what if there will be a hard Brexit? Then we’d have no protection at all. We just have to expect that will the French authorities treat us well. After all, we have just received our residence permit along with have also began the process of applying for French citizenship. yet that will takes time, probably at least another two years, along with you have to show a decent income. If we lose half of our income at This kind of point, we will not be able to meet the requirements.
We voted within the referendum for ‘remain’. At the time, I was shocked by the result. Then I looked at what lies some politicians have spread about Brexit along with I understood why many voters fell for them then. yet I do not understand why so many Britons still want a hard Brexit at This kind of point. We have our house along with our company here in France. We have built up our life. We do not want to go back to the UK. Especially not right at This kind of point.”
Louise Saberton, 50, works as a purchasing agent in Pembroke, Malta.
“We got married in 2008 along with spent our honeymoon on Malta’s neighboring island of Gozo. After that will, every year we spent our holiday here. When a Maltese hospital offered my husband a job as a manager, we moved here at the end of 2014, selling our house within the UK to buy a house in Malta. yet then came the Brexit referendum. The pound crashed along with overnight, the money in our account was worth much less. Suddenly, we couldn’t afford a house anymore along with since then, rent has been eroding our savings.
My husband has lost his job along with can’t find a brand-new one. We have heard coming from recruitment agencies that will companies are reticent about employing British people, fearing that will after Brexit, our status will be unclear. I import Tesco products coming from the UK for a large Maltese supermarket: three truckloads every month. The supermarket commissioned me because I myself was a Tesco employee for years along with I still have not bad relationships with Tesco. yet if duties are introduced within the future or if the trucks arrive here too late because of customs controls, then the business will be endangered. along with maybe my job will be endangered, too.
I have never been an angry or aggressive person, yet the behavior of our government makes me angry. Instead of lying constantly, politicians should seek solutions to the problems. yet they are not willing to do so. Their referendum slogan was, ‘Taking Back Control’. yet at This kind of point, everything will be out of control.”
Emily Dobson, 20, will be a student along with lives
in Linazay, France, along with Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Our family moved to France when I was three years old along with I grew up bilingually. Just before the referendum, I decided to study international business administration at the University of Rotterdam. This kind of has always been my dream to work for a multinational company in different countries. at This kind of point I’ve got my bachelor’s, yet I don’t know how to go on. After Brexit, our freedom of movement within the EU will be restricted. I’ve at This kind of point got a residence permit coming from the French state for 10 years, yet I’ll lose This kind of if I live outside France for more than two years. In addition, I don’t think I’ll be able to work easily in different EU countries. I’ll probably need a special visa for that will.
Because of these problems, This kind of could also be a disadvantage for me that will I am a Briton when I am looking for a job or for an internship. Therefore, I will at This kind of point write down in all my applications that will I have a 10-year residence permit in France.
If I had French citizenship, I wouldn’t have these problems anymore. yet at the moment, I don’t have a chance at getting the French passport because you need to have a not bad income for that will.
I would certainly like to continue my studies along with do a master’s, yet I don’t know if I can afford This kind of. At many universities in Europe, the tuition depends on whether you are considered an EU citizen or not. In Rotterdam, for example, EU citizens have to pay about 2,000 euros ($2,0), yet non-EU citizens pay about nine times as much. I don’t know if there will be special regulations for us after Brexit. We don’t know anything. The British authorities don’t inform us at all.”
Roger Boaden, 79, pensioner, lives in Saint-Nicolas Courbefy, France.
“My wife along with I moved to France in 2002. We both had life-threatening illnesses behind us along with we were no longer able to live in South London.
Here within the countryside, we’re doing much better. Before we bought the house, I informed myself extensively about the healthcare system. Thanks to an EU regulation that will coordinates the social systems of the member states, we can use the French healthcare system as the locals do, with two-thirds of the costs borne by the British government — you know, we paid our social security contributions at home for many years. One-third will be covered by our private health insurance.
I need eight pills a day, including a blood thinner for thrombosis. The medicines cost a lot of money. In a Brexit with the agreement negotiated by Theresa May, the cost-sharing would certainly be maintained for a while, yet if there will be a no-deal Brexit, as things currently stand, cost-sharing would certainly continue for only six months. that will scares me. I could barely afford my medication alone. My pension will be paid out in pounds, along with the pound will be worth almost 30 percent less in euros than in 2015.
After a hard Brexit, our government would certainly have to negotiate a bilateral agreement with France — along with with the 26 different EU states, too. that will could take a long time. I’m angry with the government, yet if there are brand-new elections within the UK soon, I won’t be able to vote. Britons who live abroad for more than 15 years lose their voting rights, along with here in France, I won’t be allowed to vote either after Brexit, not even in local elections. People like us are not allowed to participate anymore. We lose one of our basic rights. that will will be not democratic.”
Robert Harrison, 57, works as a patent along with trademark attorney in Zorneding, near Munich, Germany.
“I have been living in Germany for 27 years, my wife will be German, along with for 24 years I never thought of applying for German citizenship. Then came the Brexit referendum. along with soon after, I realized that will as a Briton, I would certainly face massive problems. I am a patent along with trademark attorney, yet to work here as a European trademark attorney, you have to be an EU citizen. As a Briton, I would certainly lose my approval as a trademark attorney after Brexit.
that will wouldn’t be the only problem. I don’t just work for German clients, yet also in Austria, France along with different countries. that will would certainly be difficult within the future — even that has a Brexit under the May agreement. In that will case, British people living in Germany can work here in Germany, yet they cannot work as easily within the different EU countries. along with This kind of will be unclear whether our qualifications acquired within the United Kingdom are widely recognized.
that will’s why I applied for naturalization here. I submitted documents, I passed the naturalization test — along with I finally got German citizenship. Almost all of my compatriots here whom I know are trying to do the same. The German immigration authorities are mostly benevolent toward the British along with This kind of will be said that will the city of Munich even hired extra staff for us. I can at This kind of point continue to work as a European trademark attorney along with I can travel around the EU freely that has a German passport. My problems are solved, Brexit cannot hurt me anymore. yet This kind of will probably be much harder for Britons living in different countries to get citizenship.