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British Expat Newsletter: September 2017

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September. Back to school. And the Brexit negotiations resume.

Theresa May has valiantly tried to reset the relationship with the EU negotiators by flying to Florence to give a speech, taking with her Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, who sit on opposite sides of the “hard” and “soft” Brexit fence. Reception was mixed – while the Europeans generally welcomed the speech’s positive tone, they found it lacking in substance.

BoJo meanwhile got his retaliation in first, with an opinion piece in the Sunday Telegraph that was widely seen as an attempt to box his boss into a harder stance than she was intending to take. He’s followed up with a Sun article in advance of the Tory Party conference in Manchester this week. Although he’s stated several times that he’s fully behind Theresa May, speculation is rife that he’s after the Tory leadership (and thus No.10) for himself.

Meanwhile, Colin “Mr Darcy” Firth has taken out Italian citizenship, in order to “have the same passports as his wife and children”. Italy permits dual nationality (as do virtually all EU member states now in at least some circumstances), so this makes him a dual British/Italian citizen. And all EU countries report a sharp increase in the number of Britons applying for citizenship – for those who record the data covering July 2016 to June 2017, the number of applications has more than doubled from what it was in the previous 12 months.

Likewise, there’s been a surge in the number of EU citizens applying for British citizenship. Clearly everyone’s nervous about what’s going to happen to them in the continuing absence of an agreement over EU citizens’ rights in the UK (and of course vice versa) post-Brexit.

Our latest Pic of the Week is a seasonal one. I have fond(ish) memories of the “tattie holidays” in October, when school closed for a week and we all got jobs on the local farms howking tatties (that’s lifting potatoes to all you non-Jocks). Nowadays, of course, much of the process is mechanised, as you’ll see in the pic.

And this month’s Quick Quiz is about a country that’s been much in the news recently, unfortunately for the wrong reasons: Burma. It’s been under military rule for most of its history since gaining independence in 1948. Even now, the military have a strong say – guaranteed by the constitution – in the running of the country. And as a result it’s the least visited South East Asian country. See how much you know (or not) about it.

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