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has anyone moved abroad because of brexit result ?

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pipsqueak25 Thu 26-Jan-17 18:18:34

and if you have, how is your new life settling in ? maybe some people were thinking of going before it happened and this was the 'final straw'.
do you miss your old life ? what is better for you now ?
am really interested to know, but don't want to get on the debate bit of brexit there are other threads on here for that right now.

Rainmaker1 Thu 26-Jan-17 18:25:23

I wish all the moaners would! Sick of hearing their crap.

LiviaDrusillaAugusta Thu 26-Jan-17 18:26:24

You don't want a debate and yet Brexit is the one subject that makes people combust.... good luck with that

PippaFawcett Thu 26-Jan-17 18:26:37

You can't be that sick of it, Rainmaker otherwise you would ignore Brexit related threads.

DJBaggySmalls Thu 26-Jan-17 18:29:06

Why would I leave my own country? confused

OldLibrary Thu 26-Jan-17 18:30:14

I'm interested to hear too.

We are thinking of selling our house in Europe on the basis we won't be able to move there if there is no freedom of movement. We wouldn't get work visas as no "proper" necessary transferable skills.

We are also worried that the cheap flights will end, and that travelling through the tunnel will be a big faff instead of the breeze it is now.

And that the other country will feel at liberty to tax Brit house owners heavily.

It's very sad. It was a dream to move and we were so close.

pipsqueak25 Thu 26-Jan-17 18:42:45

i'm only asking because many people said they'd emigrate because of the result and i'm interested to know if anyone has done that,
old if you sell up where else would you consider moving ?

KellyElly Thu 26-Jan-17 18:44:25

I'm moving to Spain in August. I had made the decision before Brexit was even decided. I'm a little concerned as to how it will affect my move.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 26-Jan-17 18:48:16

It's an interesting question, as so many people have said "that's it, I'm off!".

Including a good friend of mine, who when I asked her last time we met up were her plans still to go - I'd really miss her - said confused "no of course not. Where would we go?"

yaela123 Thu 26-Jan-17 19:03:25

The opposite happened to a friend of mine: she had to move back here.

She is American but grew up in Italy and has lived here (England) for approx 20 yrs, on and off (she likes to travel). Her hubby is Indian and they have a kid together who is now 5. They lived here in summer, there in winter until last year they decided to settle in India. They didn't want to move around once she started school. Neither of them had British citizenship but she had EU citizenship (Italy) so they assumed they would be able to move back anytime if need be/they wanted to.

Because of Brexit they moved back in the summer so she and DD could try and get citizenship. I think they are going to be here pretty much indefinitely now.

Coldilox Thu 26-Jan-17 19:03:45

Am considering it still. Australia or Canada - we both have jobs that would allow it. Just torn about taking our son away from family.

user1481838270 Thu 26-Jan-17 19:08:45

It's not really an option anymore for most.

Anyone who moves to the EU runs the risk of findinf themselves in a difficult situation after Brexit as they may no longer have the right to remain in these countries. Countries such as Australia, Canada, etc. have skills requirements that exclude most.

The options are very limited except for those who have a second passport.

Coldilox Thu 26-Jan-17 19:11:24

Although after the US election result I think I'd prefer to emigrate to another planet

user1481838270 Thu 26-Jan-17 19:22:09

I know the feeling, Coldilox.

mambono5 Thu 26-Jan-17 19:29:12

I am preparing to relocate.

I didn't vote, I am not British but my kids are. I am worried that our position will become too difficult if I am no longer eligible for health care, pension and everything else. I have a business which I can relocate, but all my staff will be made redundant and I have to recruit in the country I am moving to. This will take time. I can't really sell the business as it would mean starting from scratch. Most of my clients are non UK, so they are not that bothered where we are based.

It's very sad, my kids are a bit upset about leaving their life here.

I am also annoyed: it''s one thing to move to a country with whatever regulations they apply, but it's difficult when everything is turned upside down for you. At least I can move to any European country or apply for others around the world. Some folks are not that lucky.

user1481838270 Thu 26-Jan-17 19:29:50

I wish all the moaners would! Sick of hearing their crap.

Rainmaker, when you fall for a pack of lies, it's hard to listen to the truth.

FlabbyFantastic Thu 26-Jan-17 19:36:00

mambono has anyone actually said anything to suggest you have to leave the UK?

I thought it had been said many times that existing residential EU citizens wouldn't be asked to leave. Let alone EU mothers of British children. I can't see that happening. Or have I missed something?

EveningShadows Thu 26-Jan-17 19:38:39

Rainmaker, damn our democracy that allows us to speak out against things we vehemently disagree with eh?

Here's hoping that once Brexit happens and the UK roll back our human rights too with no outside protection that they'll stop people from expressing an opinion.

Then all the Brexit voters can carry on believing all the bullshit fed to them by politicians without fear of being contradicted.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 26-Jan-17 19:39:35

Agree Flabby,. That seems an extreme reaction mam.

mambono5 Thu 26-Jan-17 19:43:12

no one has said I had to leave (well, some individual have, but there's always one when you speak with an accent grin ) but no one can tell me either if I will have to apply for residency, if I will keep the same rights than any tax payer. No one can tell me if I will be able to use the same line at customs when I land with my kids (of course, no one will separate me from the kids, but you know what I mean).

I settled here because it was easy to arrive, start a business and settle and I could stay for an unlimited time. It doesn't sound it is going to stay that way. I have to start preparing.

FlabbyFantastic Thu 26-Jan-17 19:45:47

OK, I get it. The issue of EU citizens staying here will used as a bargaining tool for having U.K. Citizens staying within the EU. So it all depends on who will be the biggest arsehole round the negotiating table. But this is all a very long way off and the outcome somewhat uncertain.

You're not planning your move now, are you @manbono5?

I would bet money that EU parents of British children will not be asked to leave. It would be political suicide and I dare say completely unworkable..

mambono5 Thu 26-Jan-17 19:51:27

the problem is, no one knows. It is very unlikely I will be told to leave. When you see how many people are retiring in Europe, it could get interesting.

However, I could be asked to get a permit or a visa, and charged thousand of pounds for the privilege. I could have to pay more tax because I am not a British citizen. Who say the stamp duty will stay the same for nationals and non-nationals? There are so many things that could happen. Some of my foreign friends are just waiting and hoping for the best, but others like me are starting to research how best to move.

itsawonderfulworld Thu 26-Jan-17 19:53:18

Flabby of course nobody is going to make us leave while our British children are minors. But what about when we reach retirement age? Or if we get sick and are no longer able to work? Will we still have access to the NHS? Nobody is promising that.

I for one don't want to wait until I have no choice, by which time my (born here, dual nationality) children will be even more settled here. Our family will be leaving for another EU country in the next couple of years.
I've already made most of my staff here redundant as my retail business will start to lose money from next year, due to the devaluation of the pound. DH and I are in the lucky position of having secured our financial future so can choose where we spend the rest of our lives. Until last June we thought it would be in the UK, no contest - that's no longer the case as we no longer feel at home here. The UK isn't the country we thought it was.

Caprianna Thu 26-Jan-17 19:56:18

And will EU nationals hsve access to the NHS and pensions if they are not working and paying into the system?

turbohamster Thu 26-Jan-17 19:58:45

We've ended up not doing a move abroad because of the vote.

OH is Danish and been in the UK all his working life (15 years) but if we went abroad now, he'd have to sort out indefinite leave to remain first and I don't know how my position in Denmark would end up.

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