Statement from Brexpats Hear Our Voice
In response to the UK Government’s Guidance Note on Healthcare after Brexit: living in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland
"Is this what Mr Boris Johnson means by a “do or die" exit?
Some words that spring to mind about yet another ‘No Deal” announcement.
Cruel, inhumane, unjust, negligent, degrading, incompetent, retrograde…….
British citizens, wherever they live are just that, British citizens. This ‘Notice’ from ‘our’ government, shows once again that the race to the bottom on rights has begun.
We as a group are diverse, open and welcoming. We are willing to engage on any matter in a fair and tolerant way regarding Brexit and our rights, however this announcement crosses a line, it really makes us angry because it concerns multiple discrimination, heartlessly targeting the most vulnerable in our community, our older adults, the sick and the poorest.
It is deplorable that our government should put out such an announcement, just 38 days before, in the words of the Prime Minister, a "do or die" exit on 31 October. It is bound to cause confusion and add considerably to people's anxiety. To package this announcement as a reassurance for its citizens in the EU is grossly disingenuous when it is nothing short of a dereliction of duty to its own citizens. This is abandonment of a commitment at very short notice, which may cost lives. The grim reality is that for some healthcare will be unaffordable or unobtainable, and even returning to the UK not a realistic option.
To assume that it is easy and cheap for someone to change systems for healthcare access, in any one of 27 different countries, demonstrates ignorance, even willful neglect.
To give one example, J. one of our members, who lives in France, is a full-time carer for her elderly mother who is in poor health, suffering vascular dementia and going down hill. As an S1 holder who arrived in France as a pensioner, her mother is not eligible to apply to the state system. J. says they cannot afford private health insurance so the only option would be to return to the UK. But who would look after her? J's husband works in France and they have a son at school there. This is cruelty beyond belief.
Our government has back-pedaled on every promise made to us. To toss us aside, ignore us, and leave us unprotected, to meddle with the most basic of our human rights, is inhumane and cruel. Living with uncertainty for well over three years, and now this new twist in the never-ending Brexit saga, may well push some people to the limit, and literally be the death of them.
We would ask all British voters to support us in demanding that rights are ring-fenced, thereby fully protected, and not left to this deplorable political bartering. Otherwise, who knows who will be targeted next?
On behalf of Brexpats - Hear our Voice