I was wondering how many people are planning or considering to leave the UK and apply for European residency in the respective country before Brexit kicks in?
I know it's a way off yet and we have no idea what will happen in terms of the rights of UK citizens to obtain residency in EU countries but with me and my partner unlikely to meet the criteria as it stands for non-EU residents to obtain residency (employment or serious savings, etc), we're hoping to get our foot in somewhere before it's possibly too late. I personally can't stand the thought of being trapped here - especially with the cost of land, the restrictive planning permission, more and more restrictions are being brought in in terms of living in vans/parking restrictions, and the Tories still in.
But where to go..? We lived in Bulgaria for a while a few years ago which we surprisingly really liked - I don't know if I could see myself settling there "permanently" though in terms of buying a bit of land. Portugal still seems the cheapest place in Western Europe and handy that it's closer to the UK but having read a lot of red tape stuff, that's even looking like a potentially unrealistic option. I read something about you not being allowed to have a British car in Portugal for more than 6 months of the year so that's the camper out! I also read something about you not being able to stay in a temporary dwelling for more than 6 months on your own bought land unless the plot already has a habitation license - something which is highly unlikely if you're buying a cheap plot or agricultural land to be self sufficient.
Just feeling a bit deflated with it all this morning (following a period of positivity and hope!) so if anyone has any stories of what they've done or what they're planning in terms of living more simply and sustainably outside of the UK without being tied to extortionate rents and mortgages, I'd love to hear!