Britons have slammed the EU for reportedly acting in the spirit of revenge against UK expats that live in the EU27 states after the Brexit transition period that ended on December 31.
Even though the right of expats living in the EU states were meant to protect in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement which took Britain out of the EU at the end of 2019. Britons are now slamming the bloc… calling on Boris Johnson to rip up the Brexit trade deal amid claims of expats being badly treated.
“Did anyone really expect the EU to behave differently? They were always going to try and make things as difficult as possible for Britain for daring to think for themselves and want to leave a dictatorship. Time for a government that will put Britain’s citizens and national interests first,” a reader on Express UK stated.
“And we all remember Verhofstadt demanding that the rights of four and a half million EU citizens living in the UK are protected. Hypocrisy again from the EU,” another person among the Britons added.
Someone else notes, “Should never have bothered with all the haggling for a deal. We should have left in 2018.”
“The UK Government will, I hope, hit back with demands and complaints about the lack of implementation of the deal on the EU side when ratification is complete. Hope the EU don’t ratify the deal but they will. The EU bluster and demands are just that,” someone said.
A fourth reader said, “What if Boris permits the same treatment to EU expats in this country? It’s a pointless exercise so whatever the EU does we can always do the same back so nobody wins.”
Someone else, according to the outlet said the EU now see the expats as bargaining chips rather than people, while others said expats in the EU have had five years to “sort out their papers”.
A user also noted that “What rot, they have had 5 years to sort out their papers, the only reason they never registered as resident was so they didn’t pay UK or Spanish tax. We shouldn’t feel any sympathy for them. They want to use our NHS without paying for it and live in Spain tax-free.”
Someone else said, “I’m an expat. People had four years to sort out their residency status, those that didn’t are either idiots or illegals with no right to be there. Zero sympathy for either.”