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Australian-British passport holders to lose freedoms across EU as Brexit deadline arrives


#When the #United #States software company that hired #Robin #Wiley 20 years ago discovered he had a #British passport, they were delighted.

#Mr #Wiley’s IT career had hit a ceiling in #Adelaide, and so he had looked to the US to further his experience.

#While the move to the US allowed him to work for global giants like IBM, it was the visa-free access to #Europe his #British passport afforded him that turbo-charged his career.

“#In the early 2000s, I travelled to #Europe four or five times a year,” he said.

#Organising work visas for staff is time-consuming and costly and so #Mr #Wiley’s employer chose to send him instead of his colleagues when they needed work done in #Europe.

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The #Adelaide-born #Australian had applied for his second passport when he was in his late 20s because he was planning to travel to the #United #Kingdom and wanted to make it as easy as possible.

#Granted the passport on the strength of his father being a #British national, he at first found it useful for leisure travel

#He then used it to build up such broad experience, he was able to set himself up as an independent consultant working with organisations across #Europe.

#Robin #Wiley was able to immerse himself in other cultures when he travelled through #Europe on his #British passport(#Supplied)

“The benefit for them is that I come with a wealth of knowledge I’ve gained from all that exposure,” #Mr #Wiley said.

#At the stroke of midnight on #December 31, that is all set to change as #Britain’s decision to leave the #European #Union comes into effect.

#From then, #British passport holders will be able to visit EU countries without a visa for up to 90 days in any 180-day period, but will lose the right to work there.

#Professor #Philomena #Murray from the #School of #Social and #Political #Sciences at the #University of #Melbourne said #British passports were a significant advantage for the #Australians who held them.

“#Having a #British passport meant access to all of the freedoms of the internal market,” she said.

“#It was exactly the same as having a #French passport, a #German, a #Polish passport.”

‘#Big loss’ for #Australians with #British heritage

#Nearly 1 million people living in #Australia were born in #England and in the 2016 census, more than 7 million residents said they had #British ancestry.

David Newberry stands on a sandy walkway leading to a sunset beach on the Gold Coast.
#David #Newberry was born in #Britain, lived many years in #Europe, but now considers himself a proud #Australian.(#Supplied)

#Dual national #David #Newberry thinks it is unfortunate young #Australians with #British parents will miss out on the opportunity to work and live in #Europe.

“#For the hundreds of thousands of #Australians with #British heritage, it is going to be a big loss for them,” he said.

“#Hopefully they can find a different route into #Europe, maybe through #Irish or #Croatian or #Italian heritage.”

#He has lived in #Australia for more than a decade and is now a proud #Australian but, as a #Brit who lived and worked in the EU, he feels a strong attachment to being #European.

#Mr #Newberry described #Britain’s decision to leave the EU as devastating and said he felt #Brexit will tear away his #European identity.

“#What #Britain’s done is put a wall around it,” he said.

“#Britain has lost a continent, which is deeply sad.”

#As a communications expert with a passion for languages, he travelled extensively around #Europe, living in #Spain while he learnt #Spanish then working for many years in #Ireland.

#He now feels his #Australian citizenship aligns more closely with what he values.

“I will probably not use my #British passport to travel overseas again,” #Mr #Newberry said.

Claire Rimmer stands on a walkway overlooking Wenceslas Square, in Prague.
#After working for many years throughout #Europe, #Claire #Rimmer values her global identity.(#Supplied)

#His friend #Claire #Rimmer agreed.

“#When I travel to #Europe now, I’ll travel on my #Australian passport just to save myself the embarrassment at the border,” she said.

#She has worked for many years on multinational projects in the travel industry and treasures her global sense of self.

#In #Ms #Rimmer’s view, voting to leave the EU was “small-minded”.

“I don’t want to have an association with that,” she said.

#Like many #Australians who hold #British passports, her career has benefitted because it was easier to work on projects in #Europe.

#She said she was particularly valuable to her employer if they needed to be able to send someone to #Europe very suddenly for several weeks.

#Some professions may not be recognised

#Professor #Murray pointed out that from the start of next year, the EU will no longer recognise a range of professional qualifications held by #British passport-holders.

#That’s because the UK chose to opt out of mutual recognition.

An Australian and UK passport lay on a bench.
#When travelling through #Europe, there will be no difference between those using #Australian or UK passports.(ABC #News: #Mary #Lloyd)

“I think that’s going to be a challenge when it comes to the services sector for joint #Australian-British citizens,” #Professor #Murray said.

#Even for the experts who have read the thousands of pages that detail the divorce settlement #Britain negotiated with the EU, it is not entirely clear just how all these hurdles are going to affect businesses and individuals.

“The details have yet to be seen,” #Professor #Murray said.

#For those who previously relied on their working relationship, it is even more uncertain.

#Mr #Wiley is currently using the UK as his base while he waits to see what the job market looks like after the COVID-19 pandemic but is unsure whether he and his wife will return to their home in #Los #Angeles, stay in #Britain, or move back to #Australia.

“#What the future holds, I just don’t know,” he said.



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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-31/brexit-to-strip-opportunity-from-australian-dual-citizens/13023156

##AustralianBritish #passport #holders #lose #freedoms ##Brexit #deadline #arrives

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