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House of Lords peer demands constituencies for British expats in Spain

House of Lords peer demands constituencies for British expats in Spain

Tyler-208x300In a similar arrangement that exists for French and Italian expats, Tyler believes that it is fairer than expats having a vote in their UK constituencies.

Since the former UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise to extend voting rights to expats was blocked, Peer Paul Tyler, former Lib Dem MP in Cornwall, speaking out for British expats living in EU member states wants all disenfranchised expats to be given their own MP. This is a scheme that works in Italy and France, and the petition for this to be considered in Parliament is already doing the rounds.

Read the report in Olive Press Online

UK pensioners living in the EU should be afraid, very afraid… but help is on its way

UK pensioners living in the EU should be afraid, very afraid… but help is on its way

Canadian Expats fight to Retain Pension Increase

TODAY there are over half a million UK state pensioners living overseas who do not receive an annual increase to their UK state pension. Since the pension payment is never increased, it is known as the “frozen” pension policy. What has this got to do with UK pensioners living in the European Union (EU) you may ask? The answer is six letters: b-r-e-x-i-t.

Read More on the Olive Press Website

Brexit: What the European papers say

Brexit: What the European papers say

In Spain’s El Pais, Xavier Vidal-Folch bemoans the fact that negotiations resulting from the “xenophobic operation” of Brexit may result in EU migrants in Britain – and vice versa – being used as the “bargaining chips of a bad-tempered nationalism”.

“Freedom is indivisible and European freedom consists of four specific freedoms – [the free movement] of goods, services, capital and people,” he argues. “Only an extremist puts the rights of goods before that of their fellow citizens.”

Read on the BBC website

EU considers UK migration ‘emergency brake’

EU considers UK migration ‘emergency brake’

“If the rights of EU citizens now in the UK can be guaranteed, then I think we can look at some form of emergency brake…”
Dutch MEP Hans van Baalen. 

Plans to allow the United Kingdom an exemption from EU rules on freedom of movement for up to seven years while retaining access to the single market are being considered in European capitals as part of a potential deal on Brexit.

Read more on the Guardian website