Kilkis wrote:Interesting points, Bob.
Since MPs are supposed to represent the interests of their constituents perhaps the UK government should consider having one MP to represent ex-pats, or perhaps ex-pats who still pay tax there, and for whom only ex-pats vote? Currently each MP represents about 100,000 people so it wouldn't be out of the way to have one MP to represent 2 million? I do think we should have a say in issues, like Brexit, that directly and potentially massively affect our lives.
I can't trace the article where I read this a few months ago but it was in either The Grauniad or Independent. Apparently it costs the UK government less to reimburse most EU countries than having the UK nationals return to the UK. There are two main reasons. Greece and several others**, neglect to invoice the UK for many of the treatments provided and nearly all treatments of similar illnesses are considerably cheaper in continental countries than in the UK. The burden of cost and of other resources (numbers of beds available etc.,) would require significant additional funding of the NHS. If the hotheads win the NHS loses.bobscott wrote:...It is entirely conceivable that the hotheads in the UK will eventually persuade the powers that be that NHS spending can be reduced by scrapping reimbursement of medical costs incurred by pensioner expats living in Europe....
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