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Latest 10 news items tagged England

11 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Europe rushing to register for general election proxy votes

Warnings about a lack of time to arrange postal votes for UK expats in Europe have resulted in a rush to register for proxy votes. Following on from the chaos during the EU MP elections during which a huge number of UK expat voters lost the chance to make their preferences known, fear of the same scenario on December 12 has seen a flurry of applications for proxy votes. Back in the UK, local councils are busy sending letters urging British residents living in Europe to select the proxy vote option rather than lose their votes yet...
11 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Sihanoukville now a burst bubble as China pulls out

Cambodia’s former peaceful holiday town of Sihanoukville may well have been wrecked by Chinese casinos and crooks, but the party’s now over. One a quiet coastal resort much loved by Cambodians as well as by a small community of Western expats, Sihanoukville swiftly became a hub for Chinese on- and offline casinos, Chinese triad gangs, street crime, murder, kidnapping and violence. Unchecked development, gross violations of environmental protection laws and poor quality construction wrecked the town, locals were forced out in...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2019

British long-stay expats in Spain increasingly angry over 15-year voting exclusion

As yet another Brexit-induced British general election looms, some 60 per cent of UK expats in Europe are being denied the right to vote. The issue is the rule that British citizens living overseas for over 15 years are excluded from voting in UK elections or referendums even although, as in this case, their rights can be totally denied should the vote go the wrong way for their present circumstances. Put bleakly, those who chose to emigrate after retirement and who’ve built their new lives according to their preferences and...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Online poll reveals British expats’ most-loved foodie treats

Moving overseas for a new life in a strange land can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but the downside could be missing familiar foods, drinks and culinary treats. A recent poll undertaken by an online store selling typically British favourites to expats all over the world has resulted in a comprehensive list of foods no self-respecting Brit can do without. At the top of the list is British-style tea, along with chocolate and, believe it or not, Marmite. Other essentials include Heinz salad cream, crumpets and IrnBru, British...
5 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Retirement savers insisting on managing their own money via pension freedoms

Many UK retirement savers are now insisting on managing their own money. Arguments are now ongoing between pension regulators, financial advisors, pension providers and savers themselves as to the ifs and buts about transferring to a defined contribution scheme from a defined benefit pension, with savers wanting more control over their own money and the timing of their retirements. The major reason why pension savers wish to transfer is the pension freedom legislation which allows cash drawdowns from the age of 55. Defined benefit...
4 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Long-stay Brit expats lose their voting rights yet again

Long-stay British expats overseas are still to be excluded from voting to retain their chosen lifestyles. Britons who emigrated to European member states as well as further afield more than 15 years ago will again be forbidden the chance to vote in the upcoming UK General Election. Totals are estimated as some 700,000 or more, with the majority living in European member states and most already prohibited from voting in the 2016 Brexit referendum. It’s estimated the vast majority of those excluded have paid tax and national insurance...
1 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Shrinking sterling hitting hard on UK state pensioners in Europe

Retired British expatriates living in a wide selection of EU member states have seen their lifestyles reversed due to the effect of Brexit on the sterling exchange rate. The UK state pension and many other occupational pensions are paid in sterling, leaving expat recipients to cut back as best they can during an exchange rate cut. During a meeting of the Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee, retired lawyer Jeremy Morgan QC – an expat himself – pointed out the plight of British expats living in Europe, adding the threat of losing the...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Property tax shock for British expat landlords in Spain

Brit holiday home landlords with properties in Europe are in for an unpleasant tax shock once Brexit finally kicks in. Many thousands of British would-be expats who’ve purchased holiday homes in preparation for retirement and are letting them out in the meanwhile are to be hit with increased property taxes once the UK leaves the EU. Worst hit will be those with properties in Spain, the favourite destination for British visitors due to its laid-back lifestyle and established expat communities. At present, British expats pay...
30 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Germany rushing for German citizenship

A new study has revealed a massive increase in numbers of expat Brits receiving German citizenship since the Brexit referendum. As the Brexit debacle grinds on, the true cost to British expats and to the UK itself continues to be revealed in many European member states. Recent research has uncovered the sad fact that the numbers of British expats living and working in Germany who’ve now received German citizenship has soared by over 1000 per cent since 2016. In 2015, some 622 UK expats became German citizens, around 7500...
29 Oct at 6 PM 2019

IKEA in Portugal to lower its prices as expat demand slumps

Expats in Portugal to be treated to IKEA goodies at reduced prices. One thing’s for sure, whether you’re an expat living in Portugal or are still in the UK, you’ll either love or hate IKEA and its iconic designs. When the Scandinavian store first opened its doors in the UK, it was mobbed by homemakers whilst their husbands huddled in corners snarling at any attempt to include them in purchasing decisions. Over the years, the store opened in countries across the world and its early designs became collectors’ pieces. Time and...