What Brexit could mean for British Citizens

Most of the Brexit debate is taken up by topics like immigration and the sheer monetary cost of membership (which you can find out more about here) – with little coverage of the effects on British citizens.

As an EU member, you are free to travel, work and live in any member state without fear of discrimination or difficulty settling. The worst case scenario following a Brexit vote is that if you want to do any of these, you will have to comply with more restrictive rules on getting work permits, bringing family members over to join you or even setting up businesses abroad.

Access to NHS health care and insurance abroad will also see a hit. This means the 2.2 million British expats living in European countries may be forced to return if they are unable to find alternatives, which would only cause more issues with over population. Lived abroad for more than 15 years? Unfortunately, although you could be the most affected by Brexit: you don’t get a vote.

From an immigration point of view there are growing fears that the ‘Jungle’ of Calais could move to the UK if we stay in the EU but this is false. The Jungle currently sits on the UK border which thanks to independent agreements with France is located in Calais. While this is not part of EU agreements, leaving the group could force a renegotiation of borders, pushing it – and the Jungle – onto UK soil.