2016 got you down? If you squint, you can see the harrowing miasma of a not-so-certain future hurtling towards us at a rapid speed. The societal debris created by the death of Bowie, Prince, the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and #MarmiteGate is pushing the nation closer and closer to the edge. No, not jumping off Land’s End, the other side: Dover. Leaving the country for a new European life might be a good call.
For people that have always wanted to live out their days in the EU, there are have been discussions where EU negotiators will offer British people the chance to individually opt-in and and remain EU citizens in Brexit negotiations, reports The Independent.
We’ll take it.
While we’re still officially members of the European Union, we’ve got a pick from 27 countries to just move to and work without a permit. The questions are where do you go? How much will it cost you and where is everyone else going?
Immediately after the Brexit result, figures showed a 657% increase in internet traffic of people researching how to move to Scotland since their votes constituted a huge support on the remain side.
The top five locations for UK citizens to move in the European union were Portugal, Italy, Sweden, France and Ireland, according to The Mirror.
The good news is that because of our double taxation agreement with France, you won’t pay tax twice on the same income in both countries while you make the transition – makes it considerably cheaper. All the information you need about living in France can be found here.
“EU citizens may remain in Portugal for a maximum of 3 months without registering. If you intend to remain in Portugal for more than 3 months, you must apply for a registration certificate from the Town Hall”. You’ve then got five years of validity which is pretty neat and is probably enough time for this whole Brexit thing to blow over… right?
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Life in Scandinavia is very structured and will take some getting used to – so will the taxes. You have the right to work, study or live in Sweden without a residence permit provided that you can support yourself, either by work or by other independent means. So you really need to have your shit together to live there, it’s not a “let’s just move to Canada’ kind of deal.