the Brexit nightmare for British nationals living in Europe … including yours truly


For close to three decades I’ve been swanning around Europe (living, working, travelling) and enjoying all the privileges of being a European citizen. So imagine this scenario: you wake up one morning to learn that you will no longer be European. All those privileges you previously enjoyed? Soon to be snatched away, cherished no longer.

This is the reality of BREXIT. At least, as it stands today. It could worsen, it could improve; no-one knows for sure how this dastardly done deal will turn out. The nightmare we are living is the uncertainty.

brzxit protest march

This is how Brexit affects me personally: I have dual citizenship – Canadian, because I was born and raised in that country, and British because my parents were English. Prescient that I would travel and live abroad when I was older, I applied for a British passport before my 18th birthday. It is this passport (not my Canadian one) that grants me European status and allows me to live and work anywhere in the European Union.

But next year the United Kingdom will no longer be part of Europe. In June 2016 a referendum – based on deeply flawed, disingenuous and misguided premises – was presented to British citizens living in the U.K.

British nationals living outside of the U.K. were denied the vote. This hardly seems fair (or democratic) considering it is us who will be far more affected.

taxi flag

THERE ARE ONE MILLION BRITISH NATIONALS LIVING and WORKING in the 27 EU member states. And here’s the thing: we liked being Europeans. We resent having that status taken away from us. 

Yesterday, I nearly choked on my ham sandwich while reading The Guardian on-line during my lunch hour. Here’s what I read:

In the case of a “hard Brexit”, British citizens living in France could become third-country nationals which would prevent them from holding jobs restricted to EU nationals and limit their access to healthcare and welfare.

This Saturday October 20, a protest march is planned in London. In the hopes of reversing Brexit, they are calling for a second referendum. Sadly, this reminds me of the massive anti-Iraq war demonstration that occurred in that same city on February 15, 2003. One million protestors gathered in Hyde Park. In vain. The war went ahead, based on lies, and the British people never forgave Tony Blair for his perfidy. To this day he remains the most reviled man in Great Britain.

Below is a Financial Times documentary explaining former prime minister Cameron’s utterly failed and disastrous Brexit gamble. He essentially played Russian roulette with the United Kingdom. And lost.

Which begs the question, where is David Cameron now? According to reports, hiding in a shed at the foot of his garden writing his memoirs.

Dated today, Saturday October 20, here’s the viewpoint from The Observer, sister publication of The Guardian, on the need for a second Brexit vote:

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