About the Brexit Brits Abroad podcast

Our Brexit Brits Abroad podcast raises awareness of the key issues facing Britons living elsewhere in Europe as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union. It answers questions about who the British living and working in Europe are. It highlights what led to their migration. And it considers the implications of Brexit for their everyday lives. Keeping a finger on the pulse of the negotiations, the podcast series responds to issues as they unfold, providing up-to-date information and expert advice.

It is hosted by Dr. Michaela Benson and produced by Emma Houlton at Art of Podcast.

About our latest episode!

In our latest Episode, Dr. Katie Higgins steps in as guest host. She questions Michaela about her recent trip to the Lot and talking Brexit with the Britons who call this corner of France home.

Our back catalogue

You can also listen to our previous episodes here:

Episode 5

In this episode Professor Tamara Hervey and Sarah McCloskey join Michaela to talk about the legal structures that have supported both Britons working, residing and travelling to the EU27 and EU nationals living and working in the United Kingdom. As they discuss, Brexit brings with it legal uncertainty and the possibility that these citizens who had set up their lives based on one legal system—with the related rights, social and tax advantages—face the prospect of becoming third country nationals governed through each country’s migration regimes.

Read Sarah and Tamara’s excellent blog on this topic

Episode 4

With the project off to a flying start, the project team get together to discuss the aims and objectives of the project.  They introduce their approach to understanding the lives of Britons resident in Europe. They reflect on how Brexit marks a shift in the conditions and contexts that support British citizens living in other EU member states. They also provide a sense of what it might be like to take part in the project.

Episode 3

Should the British abroad have the right to vote in the United Kingdom? With the UK General Election 2017 getting closer day by day,  Michaela speaks with Dr. Susan Collard about overseas voting. The episode considers political disenfranchisement, the vote for life and overseas voter registration.

You can keep up to date on the issues raised in this episode issues here

Read Susan’s post Brexit, British Citizenship & Overseas Voting for The Sociological Review

Episode 2

The British on the Costa del Sol and importantly, pensioners, are the longstanding poster child of Brits abroad. They are stereotyped and caricatured in the press. They have also been the subject of intense academic study. In this episode, Michaela speaks with Professor Karen O’Reilly, author of The British the Costa del Sol (Routledge, 2000) and Rebekah Miller, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh.about the lives of these Britons beyond the headlines.

Rebekah’s blog on talking Brexit with the British on the Costa del Sol 

Episode 1

In the first episode in the series, the project team talk about the Britons resident in other European Union member states, who they are and why we should consider them as migrants. Introducing the British in Europe as a diverse population, living in different locations across Europe and drawn to live overseas for a variety of reasons, the discussion sets the stage for thinking about what possible impacts Brexit might have on their lives.