Brexit Uncertainty – Further Info

I follow a chap on Twitter who posted a link to an interesting website for an organisation called called ‘British in Germany’.

On there is a very useful Brexit ‘No Deal Checklist’. This contains details and guidance on a number of aspects which those of us living here need consider in order to soften the impact of a ‘no deal’ scenario.

This link will take you directly to the checklist:

German State Pensions

I was surfing the web a while ago when I stumbled upon the German Pensions (Deutsche Rentenversicherung) website. Pleasingly, it contains useful downloadable brochures in English and six other languages on State pensions for EU and non-EU citizens.

Of course, for those Brits amongst us everything in that respect is up in the air now. However, the website does at least it give an overview on how things currently work, and we can get an idea of what the rules might be following the worst case Brexit scenario.

The website can be found here and the downloadable brochures here.

Post Brexit Fallout

So, the UK has – rightly or wrongly – voted to leave the European Union and now the dust is starting to settle a bit it is looking highly probable that the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, and her cabinet will honour that vote and formally instigate the exit.

I myself had hoped the vote would go the other way, but equally I felt the EU needed a bit of a kick up the backside in a few areas. However, we are where we are and it now remains to be seen what the UK and the EU manage to agree on. My initial concerns centered around the right of EU citizens to live and work in other EU states, but I suppose at the end of the day other non-EU nationals manage to come and settle in Germany so it s by the end of the world I suppose.

If you are a UK national living in Germany, what are your thoughts and concerns on it all? And what about non-EU nationals living in Germany – is it difficult to actually come here and settle? Any comments would be welcome, and I moderate them before they are published so please just mention if you don’t want me to put your comment public.

“Brexit” Referendum

Well, Europe waits in anticipation as Britain goes to what must the most important poll in history – the referendum on whether to stay in Europe or not.

I am not going to go all political here as my opinions in this respect are very personal to me, and besides I am unfortunately (and annoyingly) not allowed to vote as I have not been resident in Britain for a long time.

However, I do urge those who are eligible to vote to make sure they do so, and to use that vote wisely without being swayed by the utter garbage that much of the press and even public figures have been broadcasting lately. Vote with your head, not with your feet…

Should Britain Leave The European Union?

The “Brexit” referendum is almost upon us and there are loads of polls already gauging public opinion, so I thought it would be interesting to do my own.

This referendum will have far reaching impacts both directly and indirectly on countless people, and nobody can really predict in advance what those impacts will be. I personally am rather angry that as a Brit having lived overseas for a number of years, I am not entitled to cast my vote despite the fact an exit would probably affect me  more than most voters who do get the right to participate.

Let’s just hope all those who are eligible to vote do so wisely…

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