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UK Nationals in the EU: what you need to know


Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:13pm
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Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:53pm

Hi Kimmy

It's a good link to post, but so far it's all about 'while the UK remains in the EU', so tells us nothing for the future.

As negotiations proceed, it will hopefully be a source of good information, so well worth checking for updates from time to time.



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Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:31pm

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Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:31pm

Agreed Jim.  Reading the various iterations of the Technicals Notes is the only way you can see the progress made between each round of negotiations, but I guess what concerns most of us who live here permanently is, as you say, the lack of response from the EU. Theresa May has previously said that EU nationals who have lived permanently in the UK for at least 5 years, will be entitled to remain in the UK and will not have to go through the full residency application process, which suggests that those EU nationals who have lived in the UK LESS than 5 years WILL have to go through the full application process. She's called for European member states to reciprocate for UK nationals living in other European countries - a definitive response on that point from the EU is what I'm waiting for...... But I'm not clear whether Michel Barnier has the mandate to negotiate that point on behalf of the whole of the EU, or whether he has to go back to the individual member states to gain agreement to it on a country by country basis. Whilst each side is blaming the other for prevarication, they seem to have lost sight of those most affected by it - us.

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Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:36pm

Hi Kim, this is a most interesting topic. In the first place I Googled the numbers of UK citizens living in the EU and was surprised by the result. First place is Spain. There are 315,000 UK citizens living in Spain with a population of 48,000,000, this is 0.6% of the overall population. Ireland is in 2nd place. There are 251,000 UK citizens living in Ireland with a population of 4,500,000, this is 6% of the overall Irish population. There are five times as many UK citizens drawing benefits in Ireland as there are Irish citizens drawing benefits in the UK. I am so surprised. What is the attraction in Ireland for us UK folks ? Should all of us over here be keeping one eye on Ireland.



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Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:16am

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Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:16am

Hi BrennieBoy,

i assume you were surprised by the Irish stats, rather than the Spanish ones. Eire is beautiful and I love the craic, but no way am I leaving Spain to live there - it's too wet!  Actually, not looking so good in less than sunny Spain today, but at least we know it won't last  :o)

Kind regards,


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