Feel Left Out and Impotent? – BALKAN NEWS MAGAZINE


“A Disastrous Brexit but which one is Boris?”

One of the remarkable things about Brexit is the way that expats in the Balkans follow the official British Foreign Office line, and accept willy-nilly the often conflicting statements made to local British Embassy’s, by their masters in London. Although, under orders from Whitehall or Westminster, these embassies are clearly bound to announce these proclamations worldwide.

The question is, are these edicts really official, or worse still, are they just a lot of random and glib announcements, trickling out of some cynical Tory press office? Finally, are these statements simply a report of some forgettable debate in Parliament, where desperate ministers have made ridiculous promises, in order to maintain their public image?

Patriotism is a good thing, but in my experience – and in the Balkans generally – many British expats become so attached to their local embassy, that they confuse objective thought, with loyalty to embassy friends and acquaintances, who have become part of their social life. It is almost as though, despite moving their lives and homes abroad, they are still living in Midsomer Naughton, and relying on the ‘Mendip Post,’ to provide them with facts concerning important political change. Or, will they be invited to the next, ‘Queens Birthday Bash,’ that is always another good question?


This happens quite often in countries where expats congregate after retirement or are in expat employment, and especially now that Brexit has become a major consideration. On which account, they might well be concerned with what Mr Michel Barnier or Mr Junker may have to say, and to watch Euronews, instead of some absurd report on the BBC, unless of course, they are still recovering from a love tryst with Bojo – a habitual philanderer and liar.

As a long-term expat, I have often wondered why some people even leave the UK – other than for their love of sex, sand, and Sangria – and especially now, when this Tory government is intent of putting the wind up their own nationals. As pensions deplete, due to a fall in the Pound, these bozo’s seem quite happy that two million Brits living abroad have no place in their argument, other than a trivializing remark about British goods and services being cheaper. And whilst expats may have been past taxpayers, who have obviously worked hard in order to retire abroad, it seems they are not worth mentioning at all.

Patrick Brigham