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Tim Farron: UK expats in the EU need certainty

July 11, 2016 6:59 PM
By admin

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to 7 Prime Ministers in fellow liberal sister parties throughout Europe, including the influential Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, asking for their support for a proposal to allow UK expats to reside freely in Europe even with Brexit.

Tim was the first party leader to call for the UK Government to agree that EU nationals be able to remain in the UK after the referendum. Politicians from across the political spectrum bar Home Office Ministers seem to agree with this and they have been savaged by MP's.

Next Tuesday, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tom Brake is proposing a bill to offer protections to EU citizens.

The Liberal Democrats have now called for foreign governments to do the same for UK expats living abroad.

Tim is also calling for the EU governments to not even look at plans to hike taxes on Brits with property or businesses abroad as a 'revenge' for Brexit.

The top destinations for British expats in the European Union are Spain (host to 319,000), Ireland (249,000) and France (171,000)

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron said: "I have written to these liberal Prime Ministers following discussions I have had with them recently. Both EU citizens here and Brits abroad need certainty and should not be treated as political pawns in a big political game.


"I think Theresa May needs to stop shilly-shallying and give a firm indication that EU citizens are welcome and able to stay in the UK.


"Brits working and living abroad are worried about what comes next, I am calling on these Prime Ministers to join me and offer a clear plan that nothing needs to change. I believe our nations are better and richer for this diversity and I am calling on my liberal colleagues to keep making the case."