Three months later, Britain would vote to leave the European Union, but back in March, there were already concerns about the uncertainty a vote to exit could have on expats and businesses.
A survey in the Spring of company members of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom found that 86 percent of companies responding took the stance of it being important to stay within the EU, with only 10 percent of firms ruling it of no importance whether the United Kingdom remained one of the 28 European Union member states.
At the time, and with many Leave campaigners unhappy about the position assumed by former UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s cabinet, a UK government report stated that “UK citizens living, working and travelling in the other 27 member states…currently enjoy a range of specific rights to live, work and access pensions, healthcare and public services that are only guaranteed because of EU law. There would be no requirement under EU law for these rights to be maintained if the UK left the EU”.
More than six months later, many fears remain over Brexit, though several other concerns have been laid to rest as negotiations continue between London and Brussels.