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Moving to the EU in the face of Brexit

I was recently asked a simple question by a Unique member. Should the family move to France, bearing in mind the looming Brexit?
The question is so simple, yet the answer is nothing short of a thorough-going mess.
First, what the heck is involved in Brexit? I don't think any of us know. I certainly don't, and yet I make it my business to find out.
My questioners were concerned that half the folks they spoke to warned them off because of Brexit while the other half said get a move on before Brexit ruins things.
My conclusion here is that where Brexit is concerned, don't listen to advice as none of it amounts to much use as it's all based on guesswork.
There is another issue about advice. People give it all the time, but what use is anybody else's advice on these matters? Has anyone got a degree in Brexit? Does any one know what is involved? Of course not, so their advice is utterly valueless.
The Italian problem is striking at the heart of the EU, and there is a whole lotta shaking going on. One way or another this problem with Italy, their budget and their economic woes, strikes at the heart of the EU economic system and the way the euro functions. This is either going to hobble the EU for the foreseeable future or bring it down or at the very least cause massive changes.
No-one can sensibly guess which way things will go, or when something disastrous will happen, or even quite what form the catastrophe will take, but there will be a catastrophe. Trying to foretell the future for this crazy continent is not possible. Best not to try.
There is only one question you need to ask if you are considering moving to somewhere in Euroland. Are you moving for personal reasons (you fancy uprooting and moving to Turin, or Naples, or the Dordogne, or even Benidorm)? Or are you looking for an investment property? If the latter, then I think you should first read my next bulletin which will put forward the case for buying in Germany. If the former, then Brexit is irrelevant, except maybe for the health reciprocity. How that may change as yet we don't know.
If you want to move, my advice (oh dear, I'm not supposed to give any advice) is to get on with it and don't pay any attention to anybody else. All you need to do is rent for at least six months to check whether you can stand the place for longer than a holiday, whether you can get back to see the kids, afford the lifestyle, actually like the lifestyle, and maybe can you get by with the language, and the cost of living (remember the currency can go up or down, it is another unknown), and do check the hospitals, you may need them.
Brexit? What's that going to do for you? Some of us, in fact, rather a lot of us have been living on the continent for decades, well before the UK joined the EU. Not much has changed. And if you think the EU has brought with it harmonisation of rules and regulations, forget it. If you think it has ushered in free movement of goods, just try registering your car in Portugal, and so on.
Closer to the end of the year I will do my usual guess as to what the next year holds in store for us across the continent, but that is for those who are concerned more with money, value, and investment, rather than the boring routine of ordinary family living. However, the real estate market in Germany is rather interesting. Next week we'll have a look at what I mean.

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