Wednesday, 24 May 2017
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4871Portugal intends to do everything possible to ensure that the rights of the Portuguese citizens in the UK and of British nationals who live, visit or invest in Portugal are all guaranteed in the wake of Britain’s sensational decision to leave the European Union, writes Len Port.

This reassurance came from Prime Minister António Costa following the shock result of Thursday’s referendum in the UK. While helping to steady individual fears, Prime Minister Costa also declared that “we have the oldest alliance in the world with the United Kingdom and it will carry on long after what will be the departure of the UK from the European Union.”

Brexit from an Expat Perspective: British Living Abroad Want to Stay in the EUAn InterNations survey among more than 1,800 British expats shows that 72 percent are in favor of remaining in the EU.

Brexit, Algarve & democracyIt seems clear that the majority of Britons want to quit the EU. Most probably the prime minister will have to negotiate the terms of the exit.

Most probably the political leaders of the EU, those who have been involved in scandals such as the special ‘almost no-tax’ Luxembourg agreements with American and German mega-corporations, will offer symbolic advantages for the UK to remain in the EU.

8572At this time over 300,000 overseas Britons have registered to vote in the Referendum on June 23rd, a ten-fold increase from the years prior to 2015. 

Brian Cave from Votes for Expat Brits in France estimates that had those living overseas for 15 years or more been allowed to register, this figure would have exceeded 600,000.

4774News issued from the Electoral Commission* informs qualifying overseas voters that Postal Votes being posted back to the UK for the EU Referendum are using the International Business Reply Service (IBRS).

This service is commonly used for international mail and does not require any additional postage to be affixed.

8572The significant majority of expats are set to vote in favour of staying in the EU, one month out from the referendum, according to latest research. 71% are set to vote to stay in the EU and just 23% will vote to leave. Only 6% are still undecided.

Angloinfo, the world’s leading global expat network, has been researching the opinions of its users to determine how they intend to vote in the forthcoming EU referendum. Despite another month of campaigning by both sides of the Brexit debate, hearts and minds haven’t changed for expats with voting intentions remaining the same since the last poll Angloinfo conducted in April.

portuguesehouseBetween 2009 and 2013, the poorest in society lost one in four of the euros they earned. They were the ones who suffered the most brutal cuts, with poverty and social exclusion figures falling low enough to match those at the beginning of the century. 

I don’t know if you remember, but in 2014 Passos Coelho, Portugal's Prime Minister at the time, said that "the economic crisis did not worsen inequality, it even had a tendency to make it a bit better," during a visit to the charity “Santa Casa da Misericórdia”, eventually concluding that during the Troika years it had not been the poor who got screwed over.

eumapBrexit is the topic of the moment. How does it affect property in the EU? What happens if you are living in your own home in Portugal or Italy and Britain leaves the EU?

The strange thing about this Europe thing is that no-one wants to tell the truth. There are several reasons for this. The two main ones are very simple.