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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... »

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 ... »

The British Embassy Rome launches its first questionnaire for British expats in Italy

The British Embassy Rome launches its first questionnaire for British expats in Italy

As part of our campaign to learn more of British nationals living in Italy, we are proud to announce the launch our first online questionnaire. We will run the online survey until 10 December 2016 with the aim of finding out more about your experience of living in Italy: we want to use this information to ensure that our website is up to date and that our information on Twitter and Facebook is rel... »

“Golden visas” and the Dolce Vita

“Golden visas” and the Dolce Vita

After the “Brexit” proceedings have ended (hopefully not before 2018-2019), many UK citizens living or working in Italy may no longer meet the current visa requirements for non-EU citizens. Even though the European Union is likely to change the immigration requirements in this regard, it is interesting, in light of this new scenario, to analyze the current situation in Italy and to check whether t... »

Some alternative BREXIT thoughts and why Italy could be next.

Some alternative BREXIT thoughts and why Italy could be next.

The last few weeks entertainment have taught me that there are decades when nothing happens in the world and weeks where decades happen. I have bounced from anger to frustration and back again and I am still trying to understand the logic for the BREXIT vote. I am slowly getting to that place and thought I might share some alternative and thought provoking views. I also want to write about why Ita... »

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 ... »

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 ... »

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Bobby McDonagh, Ambassador of Ireland to Italy

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Bobby McDonagh, Ambassador of Ireland to Italy

As the Irish Ambassador to Italy, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to Easy Milano readers on the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day. I am particularly conscious as we celebrate our national day this year that we are also celebrating the centenary year of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, an important step on the road to Irish independence. The Rising was a seminal moment in Irish history. A see... »

UK expats vote in the EU Referendum

UK expats vote in the EU Referendum

UK expats: don’t miss out, you may be able to vote in the EU Referendum. Today, the 4 February, I join the Electoral Commission in the launch of a day of dedicated activities to encourage British expats living overseas to register to vote. It is probably going to be a longer term campaign, but with the Overseas Voter Registration Day we aim to make a bigger splash and reach as many expats as possi... »