'Embarrassed to be British' Furious expats rage at Brexit 's*** show' and 'shambolic' UK

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'Embarrassed to be British' Furious expats rage at Brexit 's*** show' and 'shambolic' UK

An overwhelming 80 percent of people questioned in the survey said their feelings towards their home nation had been impacted a “great deal" or "a

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An overwhelming 80 percent of people questioned in the survey said their feelings towards their home nation had been impacted a “great deal” or “a lot” by Brexit. The “British citizens in the EU after Brexit” survey, which questioned 1,328 British nationals living across Europe, said they felt “embarrassed to be British” and it was “like watching a house on fire”.

Other expat respondents described feeling “deep shame”, “disappointment” and labelled Britain as “shambolic” and a “s*** show” following the UK’s decision to unshackle itself from the EU.

The report by the Migzen Research Project, with Lancaster University and Birmingham universities, stated: “Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic had significantly changed the feelings towards the UK of those taking part in the research in a way that was unambiguously negative.”

The report, which took place between December 2021 and January 2022, also revealed respondents damning comments, with one British woman, in her 30s who lives in Denmark, revealing she does not have the same “affinity” for her home nation.

She said: “Since Brexit I am disappointed in the UK. I am worried, and no longer feel like I have the same affinity for the country. It’s a shame because I love ‘home’ but the country feels so polarised.”

Another female British citizen, living in Norway in her 40s, added: “Deep deep shame. Embarrassed to be British, ashamed that I didn’t try hard enough, or appreciate my EU citizenship.”

A British-Irish dual national in Austria said she felt “disconnected”, adding: “It’s a completely different country from how I left it.

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When the report looked at the strength of feeling towards different nations, 31 percent said they felt very or extremely emotionally attached to the UK compared to a huge 75 percent who revealed they felt a very or extreme emotional attachment to the EU, and 59 percent who felt the same in relation to their country of residence.

Study co-lead and Lancaster University sociology professor Michaela Benson said the findings showed that while “the public narrative suggests Brexit is done and dusted, it has brought deep transformations to the lives of British citizens in the EU and EEA”.

She added: “The long tail of Brexit is evident in its continuing impacts both on the way they live their lives, and in its lasting significance for their sense of identity and belonging.”

Questioned over whether their past or future migration plans had been affected by Brexit, many reported a significant impact with 27 percent saying it had affected them a great deal, while 14 percent said a lot.

Jane Golding, OBE, former Co-Chair, British in Europe and Chair of British in Germany said: “If politicians and the media want some insights into who the British diaspora in the EU are in the 21st century, they should read this report, instead of relying on hackneyed stereotypes.

“They live in all EU countries, from Estonia to Greece, family ties are significant to emigration, and Brexit has strongly affected their relationship to the UK.

“They are also highly politically engaged but mostly disenfranchised, some completely.”



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