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There’s a lot of things happening of interest around the world, from the Brexit split between the United Kingdom and the European Union to Donald Trump’s young presidency in the United States, from the civil war in Syria and the associated surrounding Middle East mess, to growing tensions around North Korea and China.

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  1. British at last, Dutch woman ‘horrified’ at loss of some of her rights

    A Dutchwoman who has been living in the UK for 24 years, who was told to prepare to leave the country in a case that shocked the nation and prompted a European inquiry into Britain’s treatment of EU nationals, has been given British citizenship.

    Monique Hawkins got the paperwork establishing her status as a British national in a 10-minute ceremony in Surrey on Friday.

    She now has the right to live and work in the UK permanently after Brexit, irrespective of the outcome of negotiations between Brussels and London.

    She swore allegiance to the Queen and completed a “life in the UK” test to prove she was assimilating into British culture, even though she is bilingual, has lived in the country for most of her adult life and is married to a British man with whom she has two British children.

    • Missy

       /  May 8, 2017

      Yet another anti-Brexit story, the likes of the Guardian and the pro-EU lobby are over egging these stories.

      There have been a number of stories about the plight of EU citizens since the Brexit vote, and how expensive it will be for them to get citizenship, and how there is uncertainty about whether they can stay, not to mention the whole fear mongering about breaking up families if the EU partner gets deported.

      Call me hard hearted but I have very little sympathy for them, there are a number of cases where non-EU citizens with British partners and children have been deported because their partner no longer earns enough money for them to stay – even on a spousal visa – before they have been resident long enough to apply for citizenship. The pro-EU lobby and pro-EU press have not campaigned for their rights, or been up in arms about their families being broken up.

      It is a cynical ploy by the media to show yet again why Brexit is bad. The EU citizens are buying into the hysterical media reporting on what their status will be after Brexit, without actually sitting and waiting until it is decided, as most likely they will be given indefinite leave to remain, and probably a fast track to citizenship.

      When it comes to this kind of story the Guardian is as unreliable and biased as the BBC.