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As the UK government has stated that any person from the E.U. living in Britain before the final exit date has the right to stay in the UK then we can only assume that the EU will have to reciprocate and allow any British person living in Portugal and Europe the same rights.


EU playing hard ball

This all seems very straight forward but as we know with all politicians nothing is ever what it seems so stay tuned. It appears to me that the ball is really in the EUs court and they are playing hard ball. Most of what I see on the news is spoilt, over paid, none elected, bully boy would be tyrants trying to scupper anything the UK does at every turn. I believe in the long run the EU needs the UK as much as the UK needs the EU so they will have to come to terms in the end as the UK takes more in goods from the EU than is going the other way. Having said that can you really expect the French farmers to sit by and do nothing as the EU decision makers destroy their livelihoods to prove a point. These are the same people who block motorway and ferry ports because they don’t like the colour of the presidents jacket.


Massive loss of funds.

This is probably because once we leave the EU they lose one of the biggest contributors to their holiday fund.

Along with France and Germany Britain pays in 12% of the total EU budget with this gone France and Germany will have to pick up the tab as most of the other countries only contribute around 2% each and I very much doubt there is any chance of getting any more from them as most of them are bankrupt and have been bailed out by the banks on several occasions.


Win win for Portugal

I believe Portugal will continue to attract expats, one because on a financial reasoning it would be stupid to refuse what are essentially cash cows arriving on their shores in the form of OAPs who will be self-funded and will not be taking anything from the Portuguese economy only add to it. Then there will be the rich people who once again will be taking nothing from the pot just adding to the economy in the form of buying goods and services. So a win win for Portugal.



Official info from the British Government Website.

Brexit: what you need to know

There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Portugal while the UK remains in the EU.

While the government continues to negotiate Brexit, you should:



BBC Latest Brexit News 20.3.18 HERE


Article form www.theweek.co.uk  19th october 2017

Theresa May has warned that EU migrants arriving in Britain following Brexit next year must be treated “differently” - putting the UK on a collision course with Brussels over citizens’ rights during the transition period.

Speaking to reporters during her trade mission to China, May said: “When we agreed the citizens’ rights deal in December, we did so on the basis that people who had come to the UK when we were a member of the EU had made a life choice... and it was right that we have made an agreement that ensured they could continue their life in the way they wanted to.

“Now, for those who come after March 2019, that will be different because they will be coming to a UK that they know will be outside the EU.”

Reiterating her point, May added: “I’m clear there’s a difference between those people who came prior to us leaving and those who will come when they know the UK is no longer a member of the EU.”

The PM’s stance puts the UK “sharply at odds with Brussels before the start of transition negotiations”, says The Times’s Matt Chorley.

MEP Mairead McGuinness, vice-president of the European Parliament, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme there was a “total illogicality” to May’s position. The EU “will insist that the rights of UK citizens in that transition period will remain exactly as they are today”, with a new agreement on rights to come into force at the end of the transition period, McGuinness said. 

The BBC's Laura Kuenssberg says that May was “showing she was willing to push back against the EU amid discontent on the Conservative benches”. 

The PM said last summer that EU citizens would be granted “settled status” in the UK post-Brexit, but their exact rights promise to be a major hurdle during Brexit negotiations with the EU.

Under the government's 15-page proposal, European migrants who have lived in the country for five years will have the opportunity to achieve the same residency, employment, health, welfare and pensions rights as British nationals.

In addition, a new "light touch" online system to process applications will give them the same "indefinite leave to remain" status as many non-European nationals who have been in the country for five years or more.

The "settled status" residence document "will essentially be an identity card backed up by an entry on a Home Office central database or register", reports The Guardian.

May has already said she expects reciprocal treatment for UK citizens living in the EU. However, there is no agreement on who will oversee those rights or which court will mediate in cases where there is a dispute.

"Britain is ready to 'fight' the European Union's demand that judges on the continent will continue to hold sway in the UK after Brexit," reports Bloomberg.


This is by no means an official verdict just my view of what Brexit means for British expats living in Portugal.

What does Brexit mean for British Expats in Portugal?


With all that is going on with the Brixit talks and deals I don’t think anyone on either side of the channel has a real picture of what will happen after the UK finally exits the EU. The task of sorting out everything in just two years must be enormous and this will surely impact on some of the negotiations and time tables.



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