2018-08-01 07:35:17 UTC
Contrary to popular belief, around 80% of the British who live in
other EU states are NOT retired, but depend on a daily job to fund
their lives and families. The Sky report this morning highlights their
plight in still not knowing what their status will be after Brexit.
For example, Austria and the Netherlands do not allow dual
nationality. One person living in Austria said that she would have to
apply for Austrian citizenship and forego her British nationality if
she wanted to carry on living in Austria where she has lived for the
past 20 years.
Dozens of other similar stories are now emerging. Many Brits are
married to EU nationals and are wondering that if they, the Brits,
have to return to the UK, what is the status/rights of their spouse?
And their children? One woman has two biological children and two
adopted children. Again, what would become of the adoptees following
One guy told how he lives in Belgium, but works in the Netherlands.
Most distances in the Benelux countries are short, because they're all
small countries. But without freedom of movement, it may no longer be
possible to cross the border each morning and evening in order to hold
down a job. Do Brexiters simply shrug and say, "Not our problem!"
One thing is becoming clear: If we crash out without a deal, all the
1.5 million Brits in Europe will become illegal immigrants overnight.