“Flirting with the idea of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) won’t be gaining Cameron’s government any new friends amongst two groups of Britons – expats and those with second homes in an EU country.
“Being in the EU makes moving, working or retiring to Spain or France, for example, a relatively easy process for British people – there are no visas needed, UK pensions remain index-linked and can be transferred, and ceain social and welfare benefits are transferrable from the UK.
“Meanwhile, second homeowners currently can split their time between properties in the UK and a property in another EU country painlessly.
“Some of the other benefits often forgotten include the absence of customs or excise duties on purchases made for personal use within member states and the deregulation of air travel within the EU, which has led to a huge choice of flights between the UK and popular EU countries.
“Let’s hope Cameron’s government, or any other, will give people who benefit from all of the above some thought when it comes to the UK’s future in the EU.”
Richard Way, Editor, Overseas Guides Company (OGC) www.OverseasGuidesCompany.com