Howard I totally agree, and yes I voted to join the EU I think if I remember correctly. I do remember how Australia and New Zealnd were pretty much dumped as trading partners, but we, the people didn’t realise that would happen afterwards, we had EFTA and why not add the EU also as a trying partner, Ted Heath was our local MP if I remember , or became so later, I also know he beat Maggie Thatcher for selection to Chislehurst & Sidcup Constituency! We lived in Sidcup, having moved there from Bromley, during 1st year of our Marriage.
Yes our UK membership of the EU, was all cocked up by the Politicians and Political Rules, not by the People! If anybody had had a crystal ball and known then what we know now, then I don’t think UK would have voted to join!
That’s one reason that now I think there possibly will be a BRexit, the rest of the world is larger than Europe and Hindsight is a wonderful thing!
if we don’t stay in, the world is the UKs oyster, and the Expats loss. Look at what came out in news a couple of days ago just about buying into your State Pensions to increase its value by £25 per week!
As a 1st Generation post war 'Baby Boomer, born in 47, I took, up 8 years ago, at invitation of Pensions Department,when I received my Pensions Forecast, the option to pay for missing contributions in order to receive the full state benefit of it, plus annual increases, from the year of my retirement age 60 in Uk, 6 months before coming to France. I was given also WFA additional as pension payment , not an additional benefit, the only ‘benefit’ I ever received was Child Allowance for 2 kids. my weekly pension today does not stand at £115,+ p.w, the Amoy t stated on last nights UK news! it’s about £6/7 less. DWP are getting a phone call from me later to find out why. I also saw no reference to my Home Responsibilities allowance, supposedly counted for when I elected to pay full stamp in the 70’s, SERPS allowance is minimal also!
So yes, be sure the British Nationals, pensioners mostly, living in Europe, will be the losers all round, if UK votes to leave, no one will benefit from current Human Rights Laws either.
if we do stay, then it’s the status quo, nothing resolved to anyone’s benefit living there inc Human Rights and EU Grants.