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Postby Tim Drayton » Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:44 am

Leave appears to have won the referendum.

What now lies in store for those British citizens like myself who are working and living in Cyprus on a yellow slip issued to members of other EU states? Nothing changes overnight, of course, since the UK has not yet started negotiations to leave the EU and our yellow slips will continue to be valid as long as the UK remains a member. Experts have said that the process of leaving may take up to two years, and that will give us some respite and the opportunity to make plans. I hoped it wouldn't come to this, but the lies and nonsense spoken in the run-up to the referendum about special arrangements and relationships supposedly existing between the UK and Cyprus that will mean that everything can carry on as before will now be exposed for the nonsense they were. There was no arrangement that gave working age British citizens the absolute right to live, work and run businesses in Cyprus before the island became an EU member, and I don't see why Cyprus should make any concessions to British citizens after the UK leaves the union. I hope events prove me wrong, but I doubt it. Most retired British citizens have sufficient guaranteed income from outside the Republic to obtain a residence permit, although they will probably have to get private health insurance, which is not cheap for people in that age group. The rest of us will have to start making alternative plans.
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Re: What now for British citizens living and working in Cypr

Postby CBBB » Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:48 am

Tim Drayton wrote:Leave appears to have won the referendum.

What now lies in store for those British citizens like myself who are working and living in Cyprus on a yellow slip issued to members of other EU states? Nothing changes overnight, of course, since the UK has not yet started negotiations to leave the EU and our yellow slips will continue to be valid as long as the UK remains a member. Experts have said that the process of leaving may take up to two years, and that will give us some respite and the opportunity to make plans. I hoped it wouldn't come to this, but the lies and nonsense spoken in the run-up to the referendum about special arrangements and relationships supposedly existing between the UK and Cyprus that will mean that everything can carry on as before will now be exposed for the nonsense they were. There was no arrangement that gave working age British citizens the absolute right to live, work and run businesses in Cyprus before the island became an EU member, and I don't see why Cyprus should make any concessions to British citizens after the UK leaves the union. I hope events prove me wrong, but I doubt it. Most retired British citizens have sufficient guaranteed income from outside the Republic to obtain a residence permit, although they will probably have to get private health insurance, which is not cheap for people in that age group. The rest of us will have to start making alternative plans.


Since yoou have been a member on here since 2007, you have probably been in Cyprus long enough to apply for citizenship, so I should get your self down to immigration!
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Re: What now for British citizens living and working in Cypr

Postby Tim Drayton » Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:52 am

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Tim Drayton wrote:Leave appears to have won the referendum.

What now lies in store for those British citizens like myself who are working and living in Cyprus on a yellow slip issued to members of other EU states? Nothing changes overnight, of course, since the UK has not yet started negotiations to leave the EU and our yellow slips will continue to be valid as long as the UK remains a member. Experts have said that the process of leaving may take up to two years, and that will give us some respite and the opportunity to make plans. I hoped it wouldn't come to this, but the lies and nonsense spoken in the run-up to the referendum about special arrangements and relationships supposedly existing between the UK and Cyprus that will mean that everything can carry on as before will now be exposed for the nonsense they were. There was no arrangement that gave working age British citizens the absolute right to live, work and run businesses in Cyprus before the island became an EU member, and I don't see why Cyprus should make any concessions to British citizens after the UK leaves the union. I hope events prove me wrong, but I doubt it. Most retired British citizens have sufficient guaranteed income from outside the Republic to obtain a residence permit, although they will probably have to get private health insurance, which is not cheap for people in that age group. The rest of us will have to start making alternative plans.


Since yoou have been a member on here since 2007, you have probably been in Cyprus long enough to apply for citizenship, so I should get your self down to immigration!


That's one idea that has been at the back of my mind for a while (I've been legally resident in Cyprus since the summer of 2004 actually), but from what you have said on another thread, it is pretty much a hit and miss affair and if you don't have backing from somebody with clout the chances are you will apply and then never hear anything.
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Re: What now for British citizens living and working in Cypr

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:31 am

British citizens in Cyprus should stay. I don't see any problems other than their pensions taking a hit.

But the SBAs and their associated Turkish military should leave EU-Cyprus RIGHT NOW!
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Re: What now for British citizens living and working in Cypr

Postby umit07 » Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:41 am

I wouldn't worry too much Tim. Although you may not have the "absolute" right to live and work in Cyprus, I doubt that you will encounter much trouble.

IMO, you should apply for citizenship, having lived Cyprus for well over 10 years.
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Re: What now for British citizens living and working in Cypr

Postby Get Real! » Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:33 am

Tim Drayton wrote:Leave appears to have won the referendum.

What now lies in store for those British citizens like myself who are working and living in Cyprus on a yellow slip issued to members of other EU states? Nothing changes overnight, of course, since the UK has not yet started negotiations to leave the EU and our yellow slips will continue to be valid as long as the UK remains a member. Experts have said that the process of leaving may take up to two years, and that will give us some respite and the opportunity to make plans. I hoped it wouldn't come to this, but the lies and nonsense spoken in the run-up to the referendum about special arrangements and relationships supposedly existing between the UK and Cyprus that will mean that everything can carry on as before will now be exposed for the nonsense they were. There was no arrangement that gave working age British citizens the absolute right to live, work and run businesses in Cyprus before the island became an EU member, and I don't see why Cyprus should make any concessions to British citizens after the UK leaves the union. I hope events prove me wrong, but I doubt it. Most retired British citizens have sufficient guaranteed income from outside the Republic to obtain a residence permit, although they will probably have to get private health insurance, which is not cheap for people in that age group. The rest of us will have to start making alternative plans.

Don't worry, you're for keeps now Timbo!

We'll just have to rename you to a Yiorkos, or a Nicos or something... :lol:
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Re: What now for British citizens living and working in Cypr

Postby umit07 » Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:19 am

Get Real! wrote:Don't worry, you're for keeps now Timbo!

We'll just have to rename you to a Yiorkos, or a Nicos or something... :lol:


We claim Tim, he can change his name to a typical TC name such as Hasan, Ali or Huseyin. You can keep Lordo to keep things even :lol:
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Re: What now for British citizens living and working in Cypr

Postby Kikapu » Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:50 am

umit07 wrote:
Get Real! wrote:Don't worry, you're for keeps now Timbo!

We'll just have to rename you to a Yiorkos, or a Nicos or something... :lol:


We claim Tim, he can change his name to a typical TC name such as Hasan, Ali or Huseyin. You can keep Lordo to keep things even :lol:


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Hardly! :D
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Re: What now for British citizens living and working in Cypr

Postby DrCyprus » Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:51 am

The British still have the commonwealth card in Cyprus just like the Cypriots in Britain.
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Re: What now for British citizens living and working in Cypr

Postby CBBB » Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:58 am

DrCyprus wrote:The British still have the commonwealth card in Cyprus just like the Cypriots in Britain.


It didn't mean much before Cyprus joined the EU, so why should it make a difference now?
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