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A short thread on #EUcitizenship ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ

When Brexit happened in 2016, I knew ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง was no longer my country.

I had to choose an alternative & work to become its citizen.

First I picked Belgium ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช

With only 5 years to apply for citizenship, I thought it was a good choice.
I did my masters degree in Brussels in 2010, and enjoyed the time I spent there.

But the Belgian weather got me down, and the tax system for freelancers/remote workers was complex & unappealing.

So I sought an alternative.
In October 2019 I visited #Lisbon for the first time in my life. ๐Ÿ˜

By January 2020, I'd packed up my UK life and relocated to #Portugal for the long-term.

The end goal? Portuguese citizenship.
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#Portugal is one of the best places to get your #EUcitizenship back. A thread. ๐Ÿงต

Here's why (plus the best options to get ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น residency & start your journey).

Portugal offers the following:
๐Ÿ‘‰Fast citizenship timeline โ€“ apply after 5 years temp. residency
๐Ÿ‘‰Dual citizenship OK
๐Ÿ‘‰Easy residency visas (e.g. D7 or Golden Visa) ๐Ÿ‘‰Low cost of living
๐Ÿ‘‰Low language level for citizenship (A2)
๐Ÿ‘‰Great climate & lots of sun
So how to take that first step โ€“ getting temporary residency?

Well, Portugal has several good residency visa options.

The best one for you will depend on your personal situation and goals.

Let's explore them one-by-one ๐Ÿ‘‡
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rule breaking

rampant corruption in PPE contracts

entire Church of England condemning Nazi style deportations

Queens Council writing to PM demanding dialling down of rhetoric

tory cronies appointed to public bodies

upper house crammed with #Brexshit sycophants

=Germany 1938

Elections Bill

Policing Act

Right to Protest removed

Tory ex pat donations allowed from abroad

NHS reform Bill

Secrecy Act - journalists threatened with 14 yrs in prison for reporting negatively about tories

this govt is not conservative - I keep saying this!

it is a hard-right, nationalist, authoritarian dictatorship

now ministers are openly talking about expelling CofE bishops from the House of Lords for speaking out against Rwanda deportations Image
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I see that @iainmartin1 is engaged in a multi-front battle with Remainers this morning. A couple of thoughts ... /1
Iain's position, as I have always understood it, is that on balance he favoured leaving, he does not want to rejoin, and instead he wants to find ways to minimise adverse impacts. Unless I have badly misread him, he is not a Faragist. /2
There are a lot of people who occupy the same territory as Iain. Since Remainers like me want to minimise adverse impacts, someone who wants to focus on pragmatism rather than ideology ought to be the kind of Leaver we are able to engage with even if our world views differ /3
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Happy Friday all! โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿฅณ
#FBPE #RejoinEU #FollowBackFriday #GTTO
Here's a thread on #Portugal's #D7visa. ๐Ÿงต

Perfect for Brits keen to regain #EUcitizenship. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ

Here's what you need to get it.๐Ÿงต
1. Passive income
โ€“ At least โ‚ฌ705 per month (I recommend at least โ‚ฌ1K) for a single applicant (more if spouse & kids)
โ€“ Sources: rental income, dividends from an online business, investment income, pension income, or remote work.
โ€“ At least 6 months income history
2. Savings
โ€“ at least โ‚ฌ705ร—12 (ideally โ‚ฌ1K)
โ€“ must be in a Portuguese bank account when you apply for visa
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#Portugal is one of the best places to get your #EUcitizenship back. A thread. ๐Ÿงต

(Ireland is good too, if you're a Brit).

But if you like โ˜€๏ธ .... Portugal beats Ireland.

Here's why (plus the best options to get ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น residency & start your journey).
Portugal offers the following:
๐Ÿ‘‰ Fast citizenship timeline โ€“ apply after 5 years temp. residency
๐Ÿ‘‰ Dual citizenship OK
๐Ÿ‘‰ Easy residency visas (e.g. D7 or Golden Visa)
๐Ÿ‘‰ Low cost of living
๐Ÿ‘‰ Low language level for citizenship (A2)
๐Ÿ‘‰ Great climate & lots of โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ
So how to take the first step โ€“ย getting temporary residency?

Portugal has several good residency visa

The best one for you will depend on your personal situation and goals.

Let's explore them one-by-one ๐Ÿ‘‡
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Why is having an EU passport so great? ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ
A thread. #FBPE #RejoinEU #IAmEuropean

In March 2019 I moved to #Belgium.

The process involved:

No visa
No 90 day limit
No employment contract
No criminal record check
No min. income
No travel insurance
No arduous bureaucracy
I stayed in Brussels for the summer, but I didn't feel totally at home.

Then a friend suggested that I might prefer Lisbon...

So I left Brussels and moved to #Lisbon in early 2020.

With an EU passport, country-hopping like that was easy. No major planning needed.
Becoming resident in #Portugal was so simple.

I just turned up at the local municipality office and declared my wish to do so.

Oh yes, and paid the giant sum of โ‚ฌ15 for my residency certificate.

BOOM, five years temporary residency! โœ…
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1/ How sanctions will soon be seen. Public already shifting cos cost of living (US too). Last to see? Social-science-#FBPE-twatter, always the easiest to fool with propaganda, believe what they read in papers, perpetual groupthink & hysteriaโ€ฆ
2/ What happens when you make privileged lefty Ivy league/Oxbridge grads/postgrads super-powerful in politics? E.g a/ Brexit! b/ Trump! Look at DEMs now, *absolute shitshow*. Delusional on Trump, again! The last ppl on earth to trust CNN/NYT ๐Ÿคกโ€ฆ
3/ Nuclear war = 100s of Auschwitz's in hours then more from poisoning/starvation. For? East UKR?! NATO expansion?! We shd try to REDUCE potential for disaster from nuclear miscalculation, not EXPAND no of ways we get 100s of Auschwitz'sโ€ฆ
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Last week, the UK announced that it was eliminating all remaining tariffs and quotas on Ukrainian imports - something it was able to do because of Brexit. The reaction from Europhiles, and even some EU officials, has been telling - and not in a good way. A thread. ๐Ÿงต (1/9)
Background. In 2014, Ukraine and the EU (then of course including Britain) signed a deal eliminating most tariffs, but leaving some in place, especially in agri-foods. Britain inherited this deal on leaving. The remaining tariff schedules are here.โ€ฆ (2/9)
Since the Russian invasion, Kiev has been lobbying London and Brussels for the removal of the last tariffs and an easing of the more stringent border checks. This matters a lot, because Ukraine has lost its coastline. All its exports must now pass through EU territory. (3/9)
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#FollowFriday tweet for the following hashtags for 10th March 2022:


Follow everyone who Comments/Likes/Retweets this tweet.

#FF #FollowBackFriday #FBFriday #FBF #FollowBack #Ukraine #SlavaUkraini Image
'+' denotes follow back accounts.

To get your '+' mark or change your hashtag fill out the form
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A sincere, no BS, friendly message (and strategy) to all #StarmerOut folks.

It's a long ๐Ÿงตbut please read.

#KeirStarmer #Starmer #Labour #labourdoorstep #LabourParty #ProgressiveAlliance #SocialistSunday #socialism #Progressives #progressive #FBPE #FBPA
Firstly, there's no disagreement between us. Starmer has proven one of the most ingenuine politicians in our history. He has repeatedly rowed back on his leadership pledges & sentiments and proven untrustworthy in his words and actions as leader.
He has been a babe in the woods. Policy illiterate and not particularly interested in ideas. Electorally inept, taking the hand of his elders when he's lost and then caught in the headlights when the strategy handed to him doesn't work.
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A friend of mine is very disheartened whats going on+how some people even defend Putin+how he+those who disregard rules+democracy get away with it. In the UK or in ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
โ€žWhy should we not give up and be like the selfish+theTyrants?โ€œ
This is how I responded to her.
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1 /
2 /โ€žI totally understand your frustration.
Itโ€™s unbelievable what selfishness people have these days.

You are right and correct in all you say.

There is zero excuse for the brutality and mass murder that Putin is doing in Ukraine
3 /(and in several other countries of course) and how he corrupted Brexit and how he corrupted the UK government and how he gives billions of pounds to his oligarch friends in Knightsbridge while his own Russian people are dying of poverty and freezing to death in the wide areas
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๐Ÿ’™/#FBPE/๐ŸŒน Twitter today
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This is a #FollowBackFriday tweet for the following hashtags for 11th February 2022:

Follow everyone who Comments, Likes or Retweets this tweet.


#FBFriday #FBF #FollowFriday #FF #RejoinEU
'+' denotes follow back accounts.

To get your '+' mark or change your hashtag fill out the form
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What does hashtag activism achieve?
Brexit opened up a wave of liberal online activism, where retweets were seen as a battleground against leaving the EU.

If #FBPE has taught us anything, it's how Twitter's ability to engage is mistaken for meaningful political participation.
No, this isn't denouncing pressure group and campaigning. But exposed many times over, these campaigns often bely their purposes.
FBPE has engaged in racism, transphobia, toxic Eurocentrism, and harassment.

It's mocked for being centrist, when its methods deserve scrutiny too.
Credit to @DeanRed123 and others who've looked at the @GOV2UK project launched by the JohnsonOut originator. Here's a website designed for local 'campaigning', avoiding scrutiny and crucial regulation for data.

FBPE opened doors for grifts and abuse, and now the model is worse.
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