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It's not good: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/08/mps-reject-brexit-bill-amendment-to-protect-eu-citizens-in-uk#comments

While I am worried about the movement of the far right in the UK, at the moment I am thinking of my mum. She was born in Spain, married Dad so is a GB citizen,has gone back to Spain in retirement. I don't know if she has taken up Spanish citizenship again. Paperwork is not her thing, and she is quite ill so there's no way of telling.

What happens if she has to come back here? She's never going to get on a plane again if she can help it, I know that. What happens if they stop her pension out there? It's already buying her less food, because of the drop in the value of the pound.That may not be so bad for Mum because she eats like a bird anyway, but choice and necessity are very different. I actually feel a bit sick.

Maybe it will be all right. I know the thing to do is chill and wait, that it will somehow make sense, that the government is not mad yet, and some agreement will undoubtedly be reached. I cannot express how angry I am with Brexit and all this malarky. How dare anyone jeopardise my mother's rights, after she worked here so long and hard, healing people and faithfully paying her taxes?

But I must not get angry yet, I must stay calm and see what transpires. The best I can do is make contingency plans. Unfortunately my mind is a blank, and I have no idea what plans to make.


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Feb. 9th, 2017 03:05 pm (UTC)
I hope things will be OK for your Mum, and the others caught in difficult situations. *hugs*

Feb. 10th, 2017 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for being so kind :-)
Feb. 9th, 2017 10:47 pm (UTC)
It's horrifying.
Feb. 10th, 2017 03:59 pm (UTC)
I am glad you think so,because then at least I feel less like an over-reacting fool.
Feb. 11th, 2017 11:11 am (UTC)
Concerning. Does she have a UK passport? We just sent off for a UK residency card for my wife, which will probably take many months. The next stage of £1200 and two exams necessary for UK citizenship awaits.

One of my near-retirement nurse colleagues is looking quite stressed out at the moment. When her husband retired they sold up and bought a house in Spain and moved there. She divides her time between there and a caravan here, to continue working and be near her children. It seemed a good plan until the Brexit vote and now the pound has dropped and they can't make ends meet in Spain. She realised yesterday she can't even afford a new gas canister for the heater in her freezing caravan. She's wondering how she's going to make ends meet until she gets her pension in 18 months and what will happen to them in Spain afterwards. What a mess.
Feb. 11th, 2017 12:25 pm (UTC)
It seems her papers are all in order.

But I don't know details.

It is a colossal shameful mess.
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