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Brexit? That missed long-term opportunity…

Brexit? That missed long-term opportunity…

Suppose for a while that the UK would not have taken the route of a referendum to part with the European Union; how do you think this Country would have found itself in 7-10 years’ time vis-à-vis to the EU? Well, oddly enough it would have found itself – or very close to – the situation it is now struggling to arrange with Brussels, at no added cost and without substantial political tussle. Am I t... »

Brexit: the UK’s offer on Citizens’ Rights

Brexit: the UK’s offer on Citizens’ Rights

Ambassador Jill Morris writes about the British government’s intention to protect the rights of British citizens in Italy and the rest of Europe, and those of EU nationals in the UK. My role as Ambassador is to engage with the Italian government on issues such as foreign policy, security, trade and culture. But just as important is my responsibility to represent and protect the interests of UK nat... »

British Companies, Please Hold On!

British Companies, Please Hold On!

Contrary to the gloominess pervading the British Establishment these days, British companies and the general public could not have expected a better scenario than that offered by the outcome of the recent elections. Yes, most Tories and part of the mature population may disagree, but those in the UK and EU who hold for prospering business and care for cooperative research with the help of younger ... »

Brexit: Dual Citizenship?

Brexit: Dual Citizenship?

Dual-citizenship will give you the right to live and work in both Italy and the UK, and also in the rest of the EU… Since the Brexit vote on 23 June 2016 there has been much discussion by British citizens living in Italy on how to protect their rights to continue living and working in Italy after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019. Of course everyone’s personal situation will be different, but ... »

A Message from Tim Flear, British Consul General in Milan

A Message from Tim Flear, British Consul General in Milan

It has been a momentous year for the United Kingdom. Of course, I am referring to the vote by the British people on 23 June to exit the European Union. We are leaving the EU but not Europe, it is important to stress. Italy like the other countries in Europe remains a key friend and ally. We want to continue a close relationship with our European partners at a trade and investment level, in securit... »

Relocating To Italy: What You Need to Know Now!

Relocating To Italy: What You Need to Know Now!

You’ve just told your friends and coworkers that you have decided to move to Italy and every one is happy for you, even if, they are a little envious as they conjure up images of Italian apparel, wonderful wine, delicious cuisine, and magnificent seaside towns. Everything seems to be on track until you start hearing stories of byzantine bureaucracy, landlords that seem responsible for very little,... »

HMA Christopher Prentice CMG – Doing time in Italy

HMA Christopher Prentice CMG – Doing time in Italy

What can I say about my time here in Italy? It has been a privilege to be in Rome at a time of immense change, both in Italy and back in the UK. The UK underwent something of an ‘Italian’ experience, with a coalition government – a novelty for us Brits –, before reverting, in the last election, to the more traditional single party government. Here in Italy, there have been four governm... »

Brexit – Last comments & first comments

Brexit – Last comments & first comments

Last Friday the UK population voted, although only in a very small majority, for the UK to exit from the European Union. (This article was written in London on the morning of June 24, once all votes had been counted). It’s been 43 years since the UK voted to stay in the European Union. Voting in more detail:  52% of those who voted, Voted to Leave And 48% voted to remain. That’s quite a small gap ... »

Investing in Italy – bail-ins and bail-outs, what does this really mean?

Investing in Italy – bail-ins and bail-outs, what does this really mean?

I recently saw an article on Bloomberg, which gave me some cause for concern since I know that some people have invested in, or more likely were to invest in, the Bonds of banks in Italy as an alternative to cash. However, this may no longer be such a wise choice and to find out why, read on. Italians hold about 200 billion euros of bonds in Italian banks and this has always been a good source of ... »

BREXIT… what does this really mean?

BREXIT… what does this really mean?

TO BREXIT, OR NOT TO BREXIT… THAT IS THE QUESTION! UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a referendum to be held on 23 June 2016 on whether or not Britain should remain in the European Union. If the referendum result is for the UK to remain in the EU (an “in” or “remain” vote) then the current situation remains (subject to the various changes negotiated by the UK government with the ... »

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