pete75 wrote: Vorpal wrote:
Most elderly and probably needing expensive health care. Then they'll go into care homes with no staff because they've all been back too.
People keep saying that, but it simply isn't true. Most British citizens living in Europe are working age, and many with families.
So they'll come back here , bump up the unemployment figures and expect benefits, education for their kids and health care that they've paid no taxes to help provide.
My British friends who are living in EU / EEA countries all seem to be making efforts to stay where they are, applying for permanent residency, or even citizenship.
I imagine that some British people living in EU / EEA countries will return to the UK, but I expect it will depend upon their country of residence, reasons for living abroad and other factors.
EU countries have considerable autonomy in this area, and some have guaranteed the rights of British citizens to remain. Some have made it contingent upon the UK granting the same rights to their citizens. Others have done nothing whatsoever, implying that British citizens will have to apply for the right to remain if they wish to do so.
I also imagine that most of them will have paid taxes in the UK at some point, even if they have not done so in recent years.
“In some ways, it is easier to be a dissident, for then one is without responsibility.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom