Our Latest Report is out now! Talking Brexit with 18-35 year old UK citizens in southern Spain

Talking Brexit with 18-35 yo British citizens in Spain coverOur latest report is based on in-depth interviews with 18-35 year old British citizens living in Granada and Seville. It forms part of our wider ambition to change the conversation about the British Abroad, in this case to highlight the diversity of the British citizens living in Spain in terms of age. The report reflects on how these younger Britons understand Brexit within the context of what brought them to Spain, their employment and economic circumstances, and relationships. In this way it considers  and its potential impact on their lives, highlighting what this reveals about their sense of identity and belonging, while also reflecting on what these interviews reveal about their capacity  to navigate broader structural shifts in the labour market. As the authors, Mike Danby and Karen O’Reilly highlight, the demands for these younger citizens to be flexible and mobile in pursuit of work frame their responses and reactions to Brexit in a perhaps surprising ways.

 

You can download the report from our website here.

You can also listen to Mike talking about the report with Michaela in Episode 29 of the Brexit Brits Abroad Podcast.

Putting UK citizens abroad on the electoral map? Brexit, the demos and the overseas vote

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Today, the Overseas Electors’ Bill 2017-19 will receive its second reading in the House of Commons. If successful, this would allow UK citizens living abroad for long periods of time to vote in parliamentary elections (a right which is currently lost after 15 years).

This Private Members’ Bill, sponsored by Conservative MP Glyn Davies, is the latest iteration of a longer-standing debate about overseas voting rights. While recent commentary depicts opposition to this vote as grounded in petty party politics, we argue that the question of whether UK citizens living overseas should have their right to vote upheld for life goes to the heart of deeply rooted concerns about British democracy and electoral representation.

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Overseas’ Electors Bill receives second reading in House of Commons

On Friday 23rd February 2018 the second reading of the Overseas’ Electors Bill 2017-19 was held in the House of Commons. This Private Members’ bill sponsored by MP Glyn Davies sets out to extend the vote for life to overseas-resident UK citizens.  It would allow UK citizens living abroad for long periods of time to vote in parliamentary elections (a right which is currently lost after 15 years).

You can read more about the bill here, or watch a recording of the discussion in full here (at 12.22.09).

Glyn Davies speaking at the second reading of the overseas electors' bill

Myth-busting Micropodcast Series

We asked our Citizen’s Panel about what misconceptions of Brits living in the EU they’ve faced.  And they told us.  As a response, our host Dr Michaela Benson made this 6-part micropodcast series challenging the common stereotypes and myths about Brits abroad, and showing just how diverse the population of Britons living in the EU27 really is.

Each episode is just 7 minutes long, so why not have a listen now!

Episode 1: On busting myths about how many UK citizens have made their lives and homes in the EU27

Episode 2: busting the myth that all UK citizens living in the EU27 are pensioners

Episode 3: busting more stereotypes about the UK citizens who have made their homes and lives in the EU27.

Episode 4: busting myths about how the UK citizens who have made their lives in the EU27 live.

Episode 5: talking myths about taxation and UK citizens resident in the EU27.

Episode 6: the last in our myth busting micropodcasts, talking dual nationality and UK citizens living in the EU27.