Share this article Share There are also doubts over whether British pensioners living on the continent will continue to benefit from the minimum 2. The UK Government raises the state pension for pensioners living in the EU and a handful of other countries where it has a social security agreement, but expats living in countries such as Australia do not benefit from the same terms. A net total of 72, British expats have left Spain over the last two years, while around 7, have quit Italy, according to The Times.
Experts have warned that uncertainty over healthcare and the value of the state pension will trigger a mass exodus from the continent if Britain votes to leave in June's EU referendum Christopher Chantrey, chairman of the British Community Committee of France, told the newspaper: Pro-EU campaigners warned that expats would have no automatic guarantee that their current rights would continue if Britain left the EU.
But Robert Oxley, a spokesman for the Vote Leave campaign, said: There is a huge incentive for Brussels to do a deal. Among those on the list of 50 drawn up by Brexit campaign group Vote Leave are Arnis Zalkalns, pictured, the Latvian who murdered his wife before moving to the UK where he killed year-old Alice Gross EU free movement rules have let dozens of foreign criminals commit horrific offences in Britain, analysis reveals.
A dossier released today lists 50 of the 'most dangerous' European criminals who have entered the UK freely, despite convictions in their countries. Once here, 45 of them committed serious offences, the report by Brexit campaign Vote Leave says. In total, they were responsible for 14 killings, including nine murders, and 13 sex crimes of which seven were rape. They also carried out robberies, theft, burglaries and drug offences.
Last night Brexit supporters said the report showed EU membership made the UK 'less safe and less secure'. The EU does not compel member states to share information on criminals, meaning many are able to travel to the UK unhindered.
Free movement rules give every EU citizen the right to enter any country in the bloc. Eurosceptics argue that if Britain votes to leave we could negotiate a new deal that does not include free movement of workers without more stringent checks.
Serious offenders could then be automatically excluded. The Government could continue co-operation on information sharing and extradition under any new agreements. Among those on the list of 50 drawn up by Brexit campaign group Vote Leave are Arnis Zalkalns, the Latvian who murdered his wife before moving to the UK where he killed year-old Alice Gross. The dossier also reveals the exasperation and despair of British judges presiding over these cases, as they questioned how such dangerous men got into the country in the first place.
They could be forced to apply for visas to study and work in the EU, campaigners claimed. James McGrory, of the Stronger In campaign, said: An estimated 65, British nationals remain in Italy. Earlier this month a group of British expats launched a judicial review over the decision to bar some British citizens living in other EU countries from voting in the June 23 referendum.
British citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years are automatically disenfranchised, meaning an estimated , UK nationals living on the continent are set to have no say on whether Britain stays in the EU. Law firm Leigh Day, which is representing the expats in their legal challenge, claims that the automatic exclusion breaks EU laws. It says the people who will be most affected by a Brexit are those who have been excluded from having a voice in the historic referendum.
And Mr Shindler said the legal challenge was the 'last stand' for expats who fear for their way of life if the UK severs ties with Brussels. A High Court judge in London will decide whether to allow the judicial review to go ahead because of a rule that 'arbitrarily' blocks British citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years from voting in elections.
If granted, legal experts predict that legislation would have to be fast-tracked within a matter of days to register the extra voters on the electoral roll.
Leigh Day warned that the need to register an extra , voters could threaten the proposed referendum timetable. Mr Shindler, who retired to Italy in , said he would vote Remain if he had the chance as many expats were concerned about the future if the UK voted to leave.
All that would come back. We would be immigrants here. He was sceptical about assurances from the Leave camp that there would be little change in the status of Britons living in the EU following Brexit. That's no comfort to us at all, it's absurd to say that,' he said. Mr Shindler, who lives in Porto d'Ascoli on Italy's east coast, said: In a speech likely to trigger fresh claims of scaremongering, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan will warn the older generation they risk creating a lost generation of young people.
She will say it would be unfair for parents and grandparents to vote to leave the EU because of the 'devastating' impact on the chances of their children and grandchildren. In a speech likely to trigger fresh claims of scaremongering, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan will warn the older generation they risk creating a lost generation of young people And she will appeal to the young to turn out and vote because it will help tackle 'global ills' such as climate change. Voting for Brexit is gambling with the prospects of the next generation, a Cabinet minister warns today.
And she will appeal to the young to turn out and vote because it will help tackle 'global ills' such as climate change. But as well as raising accusations of desperate scaremongering by Downing Street, her comments may also risk alienating older voters by suggesting their views on the future of the country are less important than those younger than them.
Hers is the latest dire warning issued by senior ministers loyal to Downing Street in what Brexit campaigners say is a ramping up of 'Project Fear'. Last week Energy Secretary Amber Rudd pictured said Brexit could lead to an 'electric shock' of higher energy bills In recent days a string of Cabinet ministers have been wheeled out to make doom-mongering predictions about the risks of Brexit. Last week Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said Brexit could lead to an 'electric shock' of higher energy bills.
The appeal to those with all their working lives ahead of them may also suggest the extent to which the Remain camp is concerned younger people will not turn out to vote in the referendum on June It would be young people who will pay the price if there is an economic shock from Brexit, she will say, because firms are likely to cut back on entry level jobs.
In doing so we risk that lost generation becoming a reality. And everyone who casts their vote must understand that. On Sunday Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt pictured warned it could damage the NHS 'If parents and grandparents vote to leave, they'll be voting to gamble with their children and grandchildren's future.
Elections are decided by the people who turn up. Go out and make the case to others and in particular your older friends and relatives. They don't want to see a Britain cut off from the world, where not only their opportunities, but our influence as a country, ends at our shores.