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  1. I don't often post primarily because there are very few posters so you tend to get the same people saying pretty much the same thing all the time, add in that some are overly aggressive and it's not a pleasant experience to engage in any sort of discussion.

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  2. 38 minutes ago, Harnser said:

    You are obviously not aware that the UK leaving the EU has not affected "basic worker's rights" in the UK in any way whatsoever.

    All of the U.K. employment law that stemmed from EU law (such as the Working Time Directive) was already in effect, cut and pasted into U.K. law by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, which created the concept of "retained EU law." So in the immediate future, U.K. employment law will not change and is unaffected by the agreement.

    That was my initial thought as well but I couldn't understand why P&O were allegedly able to treat workers differently in France as the same employment rights should apply in both countries.

  3. We're thinking about moving back to the UK after 17 years of living here, our biggest concerns are the state of the NHS and the absolute shower that are running the country. Two recent visits haven't put us off and I'm sure we'll slot straight back in although moving from the countryside to a largish city will be a shock I'm sure.

  4. 1 hour ago, alittlebitfrench said:

    I am guessing your son speaks perfect French. So why would France prevent your son from being a Pompier ?

    Is this a Brexit problem of a French problem ?

    In terms of your last point, millions of people from outside of the EU work in France and elsewhere in the EU. 


    He's been a volontaire for several years but to be a full time pompier he needs French nationality, it's a Brexit problem.

    Without an EU nationality you cannot flit from one EU country to the next for work which again is a Brexit problem.  

  5. 1 hour ago, alittlebitfrench said:

    Your children have dual nationality or have applied for it ?

    Do they need duel nationality to work in France or elsewhere ? 


    One got their's last year and the other three have applied and are in different stages of the application process.

    Youngest son wants to be a full time pompier and French nationality is required for that, as Brits with CdS's they can work in France but not anywhere else in the EU. 

  6. 1 hour ago, Ken said:

    An unusual view, Obviously you think so. Just why do you think people would want to keep dual nationality , or several come to that! It's not like collecting stamps is it. The only conclusion is that these people see some advantage to having it. Personally,  as in some cases, I find it contemptible that someone would have dual nationality and use it when it suits them but at the same time criticise their original country.

    As for The Ukraine and Ukrainians. I feel sure they would forgive me. After all my country is helping them fight the Russians!!

    All our children either have dual nationality or have applied for it for the simple reason that it makes working here easier and gives them 'freedom of movement' which they lost after Brexit, there are 0000's of Brits here that have done the same thing for the same reasons, what is the problem with that?

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  7. 47 minutes ago, Ken said:

    I find in life that how others perceive you is quite important!! Particularly when you simply say the U.K. is run by idiots!! If you were talking about the local tea shop it might be valid but a country, well as I said, how you are perceived!!

    I could spend hours debating with you but what's the point, the views you hold are so entrenched that I'd be wasting my time and yours.

    For example, the UK government's refusal to relax the immigration visa application rules for Ukrainians on purely humanitarian grounds has been widely criticised including by some within the Tory party yet you say Patel 'has to make decisions that idiots find not to their liking', is everyone else an idiot or just maybe the government have got this wrong?

    Here's another, the Defence Secretary, senior armed forces chiefs and even No.10 have said Truss was wrong to back Brits going to fight in Ukraine (which may even be illegal) yet you don't have a problem with it.

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  8. 2 hours ago, Ken said:

    It appears  to have escaped your notice that 'the people' voted for this government and voted by a huge majority. That must tell the stupidest of people something! Truss giving approval or otherwise is irrelevant, if people want to fight that is their prerogative. To answer your question I see nothing wrong with what she said.

    Saying Patel doesn't want others to have the same opportunities as her parents did is patently ridiculous. She is a Minister of State working for Britain, not The Ukraine, Afghanistan or Russia. She has to make decisions that idiots find not to their liking, usually because they are socialists simply looking to critique a Tory Government.

    I don't see myself as a socialist just a normal, rational person who can see that the UK is run by idiots at the moment and nothing I can say will convince you that I might be right.  

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  9. There is a big difference between 'the government' and 'the people' or are you suggesting that as Johnson is a liar all Brits who support him must be okay with that because they're also liars?

    Truss approved of Brits going to fight in the Ukraine, do you think that's a good idea or mad?

    Patel's parents were immigrants yet she doesn't want others having the same opportunity as they had, hypocritical or 'quite right too'? 


  10. 23 hours ago, Ken said:

    But Putin isn't dismissing the U.K.! In fact he has mentioned specifically the U.K. in his threats. Just another remainer knocking the U.K. Rule Britannia.

    Not knocking the UK as a country just the current leadership, if you the Johnson led government is doing a good job then you need your bumps felt.

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  11. The UK is led by incompetents, Johnson is a lying ****, Truss hasn't got a brain and Patel despite her immigrant background is bordering on evil in the way she treats people wanting to come to the UK. Add in the flood of dirty Russian money into London over the past two decades and it's easy to see why Putin dismisses the UK.



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  12. 8 minutes ago, alittlebitfrench said:

    So you buy a property (300 k) to rent out...

    You pay..

    1) Tax hab, fonciere (or whatever it is called today) water, heating, electricity, wifi...and other charges.

    2) A management company to look after the property and maintain the expensive pool.

    3) You pay advertising costs to rent out the property and manage the bookings.

    4) You pay a one off Notaire fee (lets say 30 k) to buy the property. (That will take 3 years at least to pay back) 

    5) If you buy with a mortgage you pay interest rate on your loan. (That will take 10 years to pay back)

    6) You pay tax on any rental income from the property.

    7) You pay for the upkeep of the property. That is everything from the roof to the fridge. 


    Can someone explain to me how you make money or even break even in a market that is completely saturated with holiday properties ?




    Our biggest rental was grossing £20K+ per year until the owner sold in 2021, after costs/tax etc he earned £5K net plus he got to holiday here for several weeks, with the increase in property prices recently he made a profit when he sold and the house was only on the market a week, it went for full ask with competing offers, the new UK owners bought 'blind' and didn't see the property until after they completed. 

    Brexit makes no difference to non EU residents buying and renting out their property here.

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