The Brexit crisis has no borders: five stories of Brits in Italy to understand how Britain has changed

Three years since Brexit and British citizens living and working abroad are still living daily uncertainty risking their lives will be torn apart. Look at Brits in Italy, a recent Decree set some rules in case of no deal, but main present and future issues are not being addressed, as yet.

Carole-Anne in Turin, Paul in Gavirate, Dawn and Zoe in Rome, Niki in Brescia tell TalkEurope their daily issues related to Brexit and how, since their compatriots voted to exit the EU, their opinion and perception of their own country changed, and under many regards, it no longer looks like the Britain they left many years ago. Even Italy, well known for its endemic corruption, if compared to Brexit Britain, regains a certain democratic dignity…

Italian Parliament approved in March a comprehensive decree with a set of new rules which apply in case of no deal Brexit; some articles are aimed at protecting British citizens and their families who reside in Italy, but in order to qualify and access these rights Brits must have lived in the country for at least five years for a continuous period of time; that means in order to be able apply for a long-term residents EU permit, one can’t stay abroad for more than six months (otherwise this would discontinue the residency rights.

This rules apply to the past when nobody could figure out Brexit, as also British in Italy stated addressing Italian institutions. 

Apart from this extremely penalising condition, many more consequences of the British social and political instability  which led to Brexit are affecting lives and basic rights of British nationals abroad. Watch the video and listen how rights to healthcare, pensions, family life plus the basic civil right to vote at UK elections denied after 15 years abroad, are impacting individuals and families. And, as things stand, Brits abroad would not be able to vote in case of a second referendum.