The Brexit Blog

The Brexit Blog
News and comment on the Brexit process, as Britain leaves the EU.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

The EU To Weaponise Victor Meldrew


Just how many Brits are there living in the EU?

Taking Spain as an example, the ONS reports that the population of British citizens resident in Spain was 296,600 in 2016. Within this figure 121,000 (40%) British residents in Spain were aged 65 and over in 2016; this number has more than doubled since 2006.

Whereas there were 116,000 Spanish citizens resident in the UK in 2013 to 2015.

This means, as the ONS helpfully points out, that there are over twice as many Brits living in Spain as there are Spanish people in the UK.

At this point I would remind Theresa May and David Davis that if we don't sort out the rights of EU citizens in the UK to everyone's satisfaction, we will be inundated with hundreds of thousands of "Victor Meldrews" returning to these shores, without accommodation, in declining health and in a very grumpy frame of mind!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The EU's Judicial Imperialism


Monday, 26 June 2017

Plan For EU Nationals' Rights In The UK


Theresa May will this afternoon set out plans to give “settled status” to EU citizens living in the UK post-Brexit.

The Prime Minister will publish a 15-page document which will outline how the Government will protect the future rights of the 3.2 million EU nationals who live in Britain.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Happy Brexit Anniversary?


On the first anniversary of the Brexit vote, EU leaders have described the UK’s opening offer to protect EU citizens’ rights as vague and inadequate, suggesting the British government needs to go further.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European commission, struck a dismissive note as he arrived at an EU leaders’ summit on Friday. As per the Guardian:
That is a first step but this step is not sufficient.
Asked whether he was any clearer about the kind of Brexit the UK wants, he was equally blunt:
No.”
It's going to be a very long few years!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Theresa May In The Belly of The Beast


Theresa May flies to Brussels today, where she will hold talks on Brexit with EU leaders for the first time since losing her majority at the general election.

It is expected that she will set out her plans to give EU citizens in the UK the same rights as Brits.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Hammond Speaks