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As #Brexit talks go on & become ever more bitter, I’ve been listening to concerns of Brits living in continental EU. Don’t dismiss them & assume they’re happy, retired on the 🏖. Listen to them in this @SkyNews THREAD. Many different worries but all in limbo, stressed, forgotten
Samuel is 31. He lives in France and he’s a medicinal chemist.
“Will my right to work here continue to be valid?”
Clarissa lives in Italy. She is a teacher.
“We are not being told what we need to do. We have no idea.”
Anne lives in Germany. She is a project manager.
#Brexit for my whole family has had a huge impact.”
Louise lives in Malta with her husband and her 🐱!
“Our futures are just so uncertain now. We have been left waiting for someone to tell us that everything’s going to be ok.”
Lauren lives in Finland. She is a student.
“My main concern is the impact on Brits who want to study abroad”
Matthew lives in The Netherlands and works in the pharmaceutical industry.
“I am appalled by the British government. They seem absolutely unconcerned about the 1.3m British people living in the EU”
Michael is, by the sounds of it, a proud Yorkshireman! He lives and works in Cyprus.
“We worry about the talks collapsing and we lose our rights to be here. My personal finances will not allow me to buy a home in the UK.. we thought we would retire here.”
Nick is 67. He has lived in France for the past 27 years.
“The situation is worse for my children. I have 2 children who I brought up in France. I don’t know what their status is going to be.”
Mollie is 24. She lives in Spain with her family.
“My biggest concern is freedom of movement - the right of living, traveling & working/studying throughout Europe.”
Matthew lives in The Netherlands. He is a contractor in the IT sector.
“There’s a whole group of us who are European citizens in the true sense of being European. That doesn’t negate our nationalities...this is difficult to explain to people who have not lived abroad...”
Paul lives and works France.
“We feel really as though we are in limbo. It is impossible to plan as we are told that we should and can. The UK government and the EU are letting citizens down.”
Sarah lives in Romania.
“Freedom of movement means everything for me and my partner. We basically won’t be able to work without it.”
Stephen lives in Poland with his wife and son.
“We don’t know where we stand... It’s a whole mess and it’s caused a lot of pressure in our family.”
Sue is 64 and has chosen to retire to Spain. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have concerns.
“We’re not all pensioners in Spain and are not all wealthy.”
Gavin lives in southern Germany with his family. He works over the border in Switzerland (not an EU country). “I am one of those frontier workers. Will I still be able to work in Switzerland after #Brexit?”
29-year-old Andrew lives in Munich, Germany. He is a research scientist.
“Research is all about collaboration - the sharing of knowledge & expertise... Europe is probably the best place in the world for this... scientists in Europe are able to move around freely.”
Claire is a charity worker who lives in Romania with her husband & 4 kids, two of whom are adopted. She‘s really worried that will cause problems for her. And even has concerns about things like post! Have a listen.
Heidi lives in Italy with her Italian husband. She’s not worried about #Brexit
“I am just chilling out & waiting for something to happen... I’m not having sleepless nights.”
So far Heidi’s the only Brit abroad to tell me she is relaxed. Any more out there? Love to hear from you
Jo has been in Austria for 20 years but works in Lichtenstein (non-EU). Can she continue to work there? She has more emotional concerns too.
“... as you can hear, I’m still a British woman. I have family in Britain. I don’t want to give up my passport”
Martin lives in Germany. He works in Digital Communications.
“If the UK leaves with no deal, our status is not clear. Would we have the right to work? Would we in effect become illegal immigrants overnight?”
Steven’s a docker at Copenhagen port. His girlfriend & 4-year-old daughter are Danish.
“We don’t know whether I’ll still be legal. Losing my job would be a disaster. Not being able to live here would be equally disastrous with my family being danish & me being British”
Lesley has lived in France for just under 5 years.
“We have been left in limbo. I don’t know what’s going on over there [in UK] but it really is appalling.” #brexitvoices
Jane lives in The Netherlands and she is a baker.
“I am not one of those expats that everyone thinks sits on the beach all day.”
Her big worry is with the 15 year rule...
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