Expat Brits who who have lived and worked abroad face having their pensions cut off in the event of a No Deal Brexit, it will be announced today. Pensioners who have contributed to schemes in Europe now risk losing access to their pension funds if they are paid into a UK bank account, according to leaked documents obtained by the Sun. Current Brussels rules state that pensions from member state countries must be paid into EU accounts, meaning UK residents would be forced to open accounts on the continent to collect their allowance. Britain is expected to leave the UK in March 2019 as fears of a no deal Brexit grow in Westminster and abroad. The UK will become a "third country" if it crashes out of the single market without a deal, severely curtailing access to pension benefits for OAPs. The stark admission shows Ministers are braced for "lost access to pensions for UK expats in the EU". The revelation is amongst 25 'technical notes' contingency plans published by Brexit Secretary … [Read more...] about Expat Brits face losing access to pensions in No Deal Brexit
A BRITISH expat has miraculously survived after falling from a cruise ship and having to tread water for ten hours before being rescued. Kay Longstaff, who lives on the Costa del Sol, fell overboard the Norweigan Star in Pula, Croatia, on Saturday night. The 46-year-old, who lives in Benalmadena, had to spend the night treading water before she was rescued some 60 miles off the Croatia coast. The former flight attendant for Virgin Atlantic is said to have relied upon her incredible stamina that can be attributed to her yoga practice. She was eventually pulled from the water at around 9.30am local time yesterday around 1,300 metres from where she plunged into the 20c water. One of her rescuers said: “She said the fact that she practices yoga helped her as she was fit. “And she said she was singing to not feel cold in the sea overnight”. The Norwegian Star cruise ship was heading from Croatia to Venice, Italy. Kay was discharged from Pula hospital with no serious … [Read more...] about Costa del Sol-based British expat miraculously survives for TEN HOURS after falling off cruise ship at midnight
EXPATS in Spain and France have joined forces to launch a fresh legal challenge against the Brexit result. It comes after the UK’s Electoral Commission ruled that the Leave campaign illegally overspent by £675,000 during the run up to the 2016 referendum. The request for a judicial review has been submitted to the High Court in London by the UK in EU Challenge group, which represents Britons living in France, Italy and Spain. It argues that the referendum on Britain’s departure from the EU was not a lawful, fair or free vote given that BeLeave and Vote Leave both overspent. “We hope to demonstrate that you cannot win by cheating. If there is another referendum, there must not be a repeat of the illegal activity witnessed last time around,” said Sue Wilson, of Bremain in Spain, based in Valencia. “We have not taken back control – we have been put in the hands of those that care more about their careers and political party than their country. The … [Read more...] about Expats launch legal battle to stop Theresa May pulling out of the EU
EU MIGRANTS living in the UK will be given the right to remain in the country if there is a no-deal Brexit, it has been revealed. Despite not knowing whether British nationals living in the EU will be given reciprocal rights, leaked government papers have revealed that the UK is set to take the ‘moral high ground’, reported the Daily Telegraph. The 3.8 million EU citizens residing in Britain will still be able to use the benefits system and access the NHS. The EU is yet to decide what rights UK expats will receive. It comes as fears grow over potential labour shortages in certain sectors once Britain is no longer in the EU. It is believed further documents outlining preparations for a no deal Brexit are set to be published by the government on Thursday. The leaked paper seen by the Daily Telegraph states: “The Home Office plans to make an offer to existing EU residents that they can remain in the UK in a ‘no-deal’ scenario, in effect unilaterally … [Read more...] about EU migrants in Britain to be granted right to stay in case of no-deal Brexit while future for UK expats remains uncertain
There are over 300,000 British nationals living in Spain today enjoying the Iberian sun. In total, in the rest of the world, there are five million British nationals currently living away from the UK. For those individuals, their banking options are reducing, making things more difficult for them. Over the last couple of years, changes in international banking law have had a negative impact on the banking options for UK expats, not just in Spain, but all over the world. ‘UK resident’ rule The major change that has been affecting British expats and their banking arrangements is the ‘UK resident’ rule that banks have had to adopt since the change in international law came about. There are now no major onshore British banks that will take deposits from expats if they cannot provide a UK residence address. That is a huge issue because many British expats sold their UK homes and moved abroad permanently. Any existing customers who open up new accounts in the UK and … [Read more...] about Why are banking options reducing for British expats?