Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from the Overseas Exile blog!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas from here in Paris.
Christmas, Champs-Élysées
Christmas on the Champs-Elysées
Photo by Mathieu Marquer

In today's news, we have a Norwegian minister urging the UK not to leave the EU (note to Americans: in European politics, a "minister" often refers to a government official).

Why would the UK leaving the EU be relevant to would-be expats? Under EU law, many British people are working in mainland Europe while many Europeans have moved to Britain to take work. Since the subject of the UK leaving the EU has been raised several times and is becoming an issue at this time,  my worry is about all of the expats on each side of the Channel. Are they going to be forced to return home? Will British people be asked to leave their homes in mainland Europe? Just think of the economic problems this would cause.

I'm unsure what's going to happen here, but it's rather unsettling news for the New Year.


  1. Curtis, One of the highlights of my year was meeting you and Leila.

    Merry Christmas/Joyeux Noël and all our best wishes for the new year 2013.


    1. Merry Christmas, Victoria! Leïla and I had a blast meeting you too! We need to do it again.

  2. Even if Britain left the EU - which is extremely doubtful - there could still be arrangements for workers to cross borders easily. My son (English) is allowed to work in Norway without any kind of visa, and Norway has never been in the EU.