The controversy based on Brexit issue convinced Britons to be shifted to the UAE and the retirement planning of the existing residents has been thrown into chaos. The departure of UK from the EU, authorized in the referendum in 2016, is in the disrupted condition after the rejection of the UK government proposed withdrawal deal by the MPs.The Brexit deal was the instance of the largest defeat for the administration in the political history of Britain.
The unpredictability is raising a huge amount of tension among many of the evaluated 120,000 British people in the UAE, although many have also acquired from the pound lower against the dirham.
Originated from South Africa, Denzil Coulson shifted to the UK in the late 1990s and got the citizenship of Britain a decade ago. His wife, Amanda got her passport for the UK a few years later. Along with two children, Denzil Coulson and his wife thought that the valid citizenship in the UK would allocate them to retire to France or Spain during their retirement. But finishing free movement from EU states is one of the main demands of UK.
Mr Coulson of 46 years old and also the father of two children told, “The main reason I became a naturalised British citizen was principally the benefits of being part of the EU ”.
According to him, one reason for leaving the UK for Abu Dhabi in 2015 had been a rise in anti-immigrant attitude in Britain. Mr Coulson said, “I was in the UK in 1998. At that time it was very welcoming. But over the years it changed, particularly over the past five years. After we’d spent some time in the UAE, we wanted to go back and settle in Europe somewhere, like Spain or France. Of course, that’s in jeopardy now until the deal is sorted and we know what rights UK citizens will have in Europe. I am still proud to be a British citizen but the wrong people are in charge.”
The leader of the Middle East and Dubai-based recruitment company Carter Murray, Ian Jenkins told in a statement, “I’ve got a place in London. The value of that is obviously dropping and while it’s not a problem in terms of long-term investment, it’s still concerning ”.
He added, “Brexit has also pushed back any plans I had to move back to the UK. My fear is that if I leave the UAE to return home it might be difficult to find a job in a struggling economy ”.
Not only Mr Jenkins but also more individual personnel are facing the same uncertainty along with the fear of the current disorder of Brexit standoff.