Richard & Elaine, I am actually a remainer & posted this subject to make a point. I feel that those who voted for brexit (& against it) have been seriously misled by those in power. Neither side can really come up with facts so have tended to create some. This £350 million figure - does it take into account EU grants given back to the UK? Subsidies on some imports? The fact that all EU imports to the UK are not subject to import duty? EU sponsorship of museums, sports programmes, industry, education, transport etc? Revenue from foreign students, EU workers paying tax etc? We do not know!
Ronald, I might have been born in the UK but that was many years ago & an accident of birth does not make blind loyalty obligatory.
My post makes it clear that I am not a UK resident. I have not been so for some years. My move to France was not made as a retirement act, it is because the UK had nothing that I wanted. In fact, I was made to feel quite uncomfortable. Is it really a surprise that someone who has chosen to live abroad has done so because they feel that the UK is no longer somewhere they would want to live? If I felt the UK was so wonderful I would not have taken the considerable risk of moving here & starting life from scratch. I left because the UK is sh*t & the reasons I think that way are listed in my OP.
I see the word “Xenophobe” being bandied about in some replies. The word means “a deep rooted fear of foreigners”. The ex-pat residents on this site must have a laugh at this as most of us are surrounded by them.
This evening I dined with friends, some english, some french, some living here & some just visiting. We discussed Brexit, of course & some were for, some against. We arrived as friends & departed as such. The man whose views clashed most with mine was the man who gave me a lift home. Tomorrow I will either help him repair the alternator on his car or I will beat him to death with a baseball bat, I haven’t yet decided. (Of course I will help him with his car - just because his views do not mirror mine does not make him wrong, just interesting).