Brexit repercussions. Jazz Festival. CR7 and ALS. World Travel Awards.

EU residency status

In the aftermath of the Brexit vote there appears to be an unnecessary rush in the UK to guarantee the status of EU nationals living there. Certainly some of the initial Conservative leadership candidates, Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon, and others have demanded that the UK Parliament acts quickly to reassure the 2.9 million EU citizens currently living in the UK, including 175,000 Portuguese (many of those Madeirans), that their future is secure. Indeed 245 MPs voted in Parliament this week to protect their right to remain. But surely this is foolishly and prematurely throwing away a bargaining chip when it comes to securing the rights of just under 1.2 million UK citizens living in Europe?

Graph showing number of EU residents living in the UK

Doors closing on Open Skies?

Experts are beginning to ask what will happen to the US-EU Open Skies agreement when Brexit is completed. Signed in 2007, this permits any airline in the EU to fly to any point in the US and vice versa. The agreement was particularly significant for the UK because it opened up transatlantic opportunities to London Heathrow, whereas the previous bilateral agreement gave access only to American Airlines, British Airways, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. In theory, the UK would need to renegotiate a bilateral agreement with the US and that could take us back to the days of airline access limits.

easJet planes at Madeira airportLikewise any EU airline can fly to any EU country – a situation which will not apply to the UK after Brexit. This is presumably why rumours circulate about easyJet relocating from its Luton headquarters – it has already opened discussions with a number of European aviation regulators about the establishment of an Air Operator Certificate in a European country to enable easyJet to fly across Europe as freely as they do today. The AOC would give easyJet a legal base in another country and the right to operate an airline there.
What will happen post-Brexit to the previously cheap airfares from the UK to the rest of Europe remains to be seen, and higher airfares combined with a much weaker Sterling could mean that we see fewer Brits holidaying in Madeira?

Funchal Jazz Festival

Funchal Jazz Festival logo

Funchal Jazz Festival, organized by Funchal Municipal Council, takes place in Santa Catarina Park from July 14th – 16th featuring some of the most prestigious artists and groups from the national and international jazz world. Facebook page here.

Ronaldo’s fight against ALS

Cristiano Ronaldo in new Portugal coloursThe Diario reports that Cristiano Ronaldo invited Chantal Borgonovo, widow of former Italian player Stefano Borgonovo, to watch Portugal play France in the final of Euro2016 tomorrow in Saint-Denis.The paper reports that CR7 has been very active in the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a disease which the Italian footballer suffered from, and he took the opportunity to invite Chantal to watch the game. She works with the foundation which bears her husband’s name – he died three years ago in Florence. “Cristiano and Jorge (Mendes – CR7’s agent) have always been close to my family and I am very happy and grateful to continue to remember my husband and support us in the fight against ALS”, said Borgonovo’s widow.

Vote for Europe’s Leading Island Destination

World Travel Awards logoDon’t forget to vote for Madeira as Europe’s Leading Island Destination before the World Travel Award voting closes on the 17th of this month –  if it wins this it will be a deserving addition to its title as the World’s Leading Island Destination, awarded by the same body last year.

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19 Responses to Brexit repercussions. Jazz Festival. CR7 and ALS. World Travel Awards.

  1. Theresa Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 09:51 #

    When the campaigning for Brexit was going on, citizens of the UK were told none of the above. A few vague comments. A certain Hitler like figure fixated the gutter press readers on immigration, blaming them for lack of jobs, houses etc. Others fixed on the money paid to the EU, but not on what we got back.
    Very little was made of the idea that changes can be worked from the inside, but not if you are not a members.
    Neither side had plans, or even an idea, in place for the aftermath and now we have a lame duck government and an opposition party fighting amongst themselves, whilst those who brought us to this have mostly all resigned. The young, who complain the older generation took the EU from them, were too apathetic to get of their rear ends and vote. Those people who did not do their homework brought this on themselves. The problem is, they brought it on the rest of us too!

  2. Mick Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11:01 #

    They say you get the governance you deserve. This time we’ve hit the jackpot. Many of the people buying properties in Madeira or changing pounds to Euros are going to take a 10% hit. I feel concern for the Madeiran economy as it is bound to have an effect.

  3. Theresa Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11:12 #

    You are so right. We have just changed pounds for euros and received a lot less than we usually did. Still, at least we can still afford to change them, there will be a lot of people who will suffer, whilst the financiers, already pulling their money out, will never notice the difference.

  4. jorge Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11:39 #

    Those figures in the graph for UK immigration really don’t bear any resemblance to the truth in the case of Portugal, that keeps tight track on the immigration and emmigration of our own citizens and foreigners. Although I appreciate that it is immpossible to keep track 100% of the real numbers in an open Europe, the figures provided here round to 500,000 portuguese living in the UK, of which 130,000 are madeirans. These figures are likely to include the channel islands as well, but even so they do seem pretty high, but I bet they are nearer to the mark than those provided in the graph.

  5. Mike Walsh Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11:48 #

    Re: foolishly and prematurely throwing away a bargaining chip.
    I completely agree. Of course EU citizens in the UK want such a statement now but equally British citizens living outside the UK would like such a statement now but aren’t going to get it from the EU. So the best bet is to not make EU citizens in the UK happy and to simply stall until a like-for-like deal can be made.
    (Meanwhile, unlike neighbouring Sweden, Finland – where I have lived for 27 years and am still married to a Finn – requires the passing of a tough language test (plus various other papers) before they will even consider granting citizenship AND those test dates are few and far between.)

  6. James O'Sullivan Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 13:23 #

    The Vienna Convention of 1969 states that people keep the rights that they once exercised under a treaty, even if that treaty is later terminated.

    Therefore expats in Europe (including UK) would retain their “acquired right” to stay, until Article 50 is enacted. It may not apply to people who move abroad after Article 50. It will then depend on the negotiations of the UK Government. Healthcare / Pension / Taxation rights are not covered under Vienna Convention.

    So no-one will be deported!

  7. Joe Lucas Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 15:35 #

    @James,

    Well said 🙂

    The press running around like headless chickens over and over.

    So what if the UK is in political chaos? The people that actually make the decisions in the UK are not the puppet politicians but the civil servants working in the various government ministries.

    Do you think that the current or former chancellor make any decisions in regards to the UK finances?

    I would imagine that 99.99% of the people in the UK do not even know that the Bank of England is privately owned by the global banking families…..

    We need to tackle one thing at a time, first break the shackles (Done) then move on to tackling other issues one by one.

    Easyjet, they already control the whole of terminal 2 in Lisbon which is probably their european base.

    Jazz Festival, youtube jazz for cows.

    @ Mike, People’s lives are not to be bargained with.

    You make decisions on an individual basis. If you have an East European criminal who can freely travel and has no regard for the law then you should have the right to not allow access and to deport the fellow.

    The Immigration issue was never about people from western Europe, it was about Angela Merkel opening the floodgates to Europe and Europe being flooded with economic migrants everywhere except Syria!

    By all means bring in Syrian families into the UK and look after them, after all would you want your family in a war zone?
    Some of London’s top surgeon’s are Syrian and the Syrian people have always been open and welcoming.

    That is of course apart from the CIA torture camps that Assad let slip under the carpet.

    You think that the UK is in chaos, just look at France! Petrol shortages due to blockades, everyone is up in arms and rioting about the government trying to implement updated tough labour laws.

    There are no two ways about it, the European union is going to collapse sooner or later. It is better that the UK deal with some birthing pains now and get it over with.

    Junker was even talking about extraterrestrial planet leaders not being happy about brexit the other day! The man is cracking up……

    They are all cracking up 🙂

  8. mauricereed Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 17:48 #

    The entire EU could soon collapse and the € Euro disappear too. The economies of Greece, Italy, Portugal etc are in dire straits. France & Spain have high unemployment and they are all stuck with Brussels dictating economic policies. Brexit has set the cat amongst pigeons. Don’t be surprised when other countries choose to opt out too.

    The UK’s economy is not as bad as the remainers claim. If people would only shut up, stop panicking and get on with their lives as usual then things would settle down.

    UK citizens resident in Europe and Europeans resident in the UK have nowt to worry about as the Vienna convention protects their situation.

  9. jorge Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 18:21 #

    and that protects their pensions, healthcare, current rights and benefits, job security and integration as well??? I am sure that plenty of UK immigrants in Portugal are worried and rightly so.

  10. Mike Walsh Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 18:30 #

    Yes. On pensions: today UK pensions increase yearly as in the UK for Brits in other EU countries. In Australia for instance they don’t – and with no new agreement in place they won’t for us either.

  11. John Brady Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 19:29 #

    Easy jet only fly to European destinations and have no trans-Atlantic routes. Most European flight to USA have to cross the UK and use our air space, so once again, we see the ‘remainers’ trying to frighten others in the EU who would like to follow the UK by suggesting their own airlines would be adversely affected. This is a technical issue and it would not be in the interests of either the USA or the EU to make things difficult as it would backfire with them having to route their flights outside UK airspace.

    As for residency status – again a complete red herring. We already have one contender for the next PM assuring EU citizens already here thy will not be used as a bargaining chip and will be allowed to stay. Under international law they have protected status anyway. So again this is just another example of ‘scare mongering’ to discourage other EU states following us out.

  12. doris mitchell Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 13:44 #

    How interesting to read that “The people that actually make the decisions in the UK are not the puppet politicians but the civil servants working in the various government ministries.” … and yet, it is considered wrong that much the same happens in the EU parliamentary process.
    The Bank of England is state owned by the Government Legal Department. It is, however, now mainly a regulatory body that oversees the existing banking system with it’s main role being to control inflation and the base interest rate used by the country. It seems up to 97% of the UK’s money supply is privately controlled in the form of interest bearing loans created by big commercial banks.

    It is sad that Britain has become so inward looking. Nobody on the continent understood how the British managed to want major EU Treaty changes at a time of an epoch defining move of refugees across the continent, when everybody else was trying desperately to cope with the refugee problem, when every German village hall or other communal space was taken over to put up around a million refugees, when thousands of ordinary people went to help in whichever way they could. Similar story in Sweden and other countries – except the UK.
    Nobody needed to open any “floodgates” to Europe, in a certain party’s speak. These poor Syrian refugees were already in Greece or Italy, thousands having drowned. Should these 2 countries have been left to deal with the problem on their own? More than 2500 people have drowned this year already despite some clampdowns in place now. Political solutions in the Middle East are needed, not mixing up the refugee problem with any perceived immigrant problem. More than half of Britain’s immigrants came from non-EU countries anyway, perfectly controllable by Britain. Looking at the article below in “The Guardian” and the graph, which I cannot reproduce here, makes you wonder what all the fuss about immigrants claiming benefits in the UK is about anyway:

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/19/-sp-thousands-britons-claim-benefits-eu
    “Unemployed Britons in Europe are drawing much more in benefits and allowances in the wealthier EU countries than their nationals are claiming in the UK, despite the British government’s arguments about migrants flocking in to the country to secure better welfare payments”.

    .

  13. peter askew Monday, July 11, 2016 at 07:52 #

    Well done Portugal in the football you deserve it

  14. Mick Monday, July 11, 2016 at 10:21 #

    @ doris Mitchell. Nice to see someone who has some idea. 🙂
    @ mauricereed. I really don’t know where you are coming from when you make statements like this.
    “The UK’s economy is not as bad as the remainers claim. If people would only shut up, stop panicking and get on with their lives as usual then things would settle down.”
    Where are the remainers who said the economy was bad?
    We have quite a good economy at the moment, with growth rates that are the envy of most of the rest of the world. What was said that in time, voting to leave would have a detrimental effect on the UK economy. It may be early days, but things are not looking good.

    I do agree with you about expats though. Nothing will change, that’s because free movement will continue.Even after all negotiations have finished there will be free movement. Anyone who thinks otherwise is living in a bubble.

    Well done Portugal. 🙂

  15. mauricereed Monday, July 11, 2016 at 11:32 #

    **Note for skyscraper city users. A hack attempt was made over the weekend and they cannot confirm if any user data was stolen. They suggest you change your password there ASAP and if that same password is used elsewhere that you chage that too.

  16. mauricereed Monday, July 11, 2016 at 17:15 #

    The UK will have a new Prime Minister from Wednesday. Personally I think Teresa May will be good for the UK.

  17. Mick Monday, July 11, 2016 at 17:43 #

    And then there were none.
    Bojo, Gove, and now Angela. have all bailed out.
    Funny old world aint it?

  18. James O'Sullivan Monday, July 11, 2016 at 17:57 #

    not forgetting the Farage …

  19. Dobermal Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 19:36 #

    Well it looks like Mrs May is forging ahead. Boris and Angela are in the new government.

    Nigel Farage is keeping an eye on the EU as an MEP

    The FTSE has bounced back and is now classed as a bull market.

    So a bit of positive thinking and action is definitely the way forward.

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