As UK prepares to divorce the European Union, SurgeZirc UK have selected a couple of lamenting words from readers who have stated the different ways in which Brexit has impacted their lives and that of their families.
Nancy, who raised her children in France, fears for her daughter’s future:
”We are a family split by Brexit. My husband and I were granted French nationality because we have lived in France since 2001. Our two children have both been in French school since they were three and five, and our son was eventually granted French citizenship too.
”But our daughter was refused, as she was living in Holland to study for her degree, and the French authorities declared that meant she was not resident in France, despite her being dependent on us financially, receiving a French grant and returning every holiday and some weekends.
”She then went on to do a masters in the UK, which brought her no closer to having any right to reside in France after Brexit. She has grandparents, uncles and aunts as well as both parents and her brother who are all resident in France, yet doesn’t know if she can ever live in France again.”
Tom Parry, 43, a lecturer living in Amsterdam, is sad about having to relinquish his British citizenship for the benefit of his family:
”My wife is Bulgarian, I and my daughters are British, and we live in Amsterdam. Because of Brexit ‘UK leaving the European Union’, I was faced with a situation where my daughters might be refused entry to their school, my driving license and bank account would become invalid and I wouldn’t be able to legally rent my apartment. In the end I applied for Dutch nationality.
”Having been granted it feels wonderful, but at the same time it feels like a personal tragedy, as I had to renounce my UK citizenship. My father is seriously ill in Nottingham and having no UK citizenship has left me feeling rather anxious about what I can do, should I need to go back and look after him.
”I am English; I watch every single Nottingham forest match, I watch the BBC and read the Guardian. I love marmite, and I long for the Hills of Derbyshire and my old stomping ground of Nottingham. I had always planned to move back home, because that’s what it will always be. Home. But I don’t know if I will ever be allowed to do that now.”
T, from Cambridgeshire, is hiding a Brexit secret from his partner:
”My husband is a staunch remainder, so he applied for an Irish passport, more to protest and symbolise his remain credentials, I think. He very proudly uses his Irish passport whenever we go to the continent.
”Note that I myself voted leave – I was swayed by Giles Fraser’s argument that the European Union isn’t democratic. My husband does not know I voted leave and assumes I voted remain. To date, I have not corrected him.”
Danny, who lives in France, shares how Brexit affected his family:
‘My children applied for other citizenships because of Brexit. I now have two children with UK nationality, one with UK/German nationality, and two with UK/French nationality and one day my wife and I may have either UK/French or UK/Irish nationality. It feels odd, but I do feel we’ve given the children an advantage in life.”