I’m staying here
“Delighted that the Greek Government has confirmed that in the event of no deal the rights of UK nationals already living in Greece will be fully recognised and guaranteed…”
That’s from an article in Ekathimerini, and the quote is from the British ambassador to Athens. There has been a lot of speculation on various forums and lots of people scrambling to get paperwork up to date which has led to all kinds of assumptions and panic – not necessarily on Symi, but in the wider picture. The fact still remains that no-one really knows what’s going on and that, of course, is thanks to the shambolic mess the yUK government has made of everything over the past few years, but this piece of news is good to read. It does go on to say, “…will be fully recognised and guaranteed, in line with the reciprocity offered by the UK to EU citizens,” so that could mean anything. The yUK could change its mind, seeing how it seems to be descending into right-wing hell, and that could leave us here abroad in a different boat. I doubt it, but one of the great achievements of the Brexit movement has been to undermine stability (you know, business, economy, youth future, countrymen abroad, trade, blah-di-blah), so it wouldn’t surprise me if the YukGov somehow cut us off completely. After all, already, if you’re a British immigrant abroad, you can’t go back and immediately find assistance from your homeland; you’ve done the dirty by exercise your right to not live there for a while so you’re made to suffer.
Whether it all comes to pass or not, us immigrants already living here can just Carry On Regardless, that’s exactly what I am going to do. Thanks to all this uncertainty I’m going sit back and watch the yUK fall into a mire of its own making – or not – and enjoy the spectacle from over here.
Anyway, I didn’t get up at 3.00 this morning just to ramble about Brexit, but I couldn’t think of anything else, except to show you photos of yesterday’s view. The sea, obviously, and then the new view from the end of our balcony. Now the allergy-tree has gone, and the ruin is being cleared, we have a new vista, at least until the ruin is renovated.