LONDON - Britain is letting European Union citizens stay once the country completes its transition out of the EU at the end of 2020. But some are choosing to leave and move back to the continent.
Hanneke van der Werf is a Dutch herbalist and garden designer living on the border of Wales and England. Britain has been home for more than 25 years, but she is now preparing to leave.
“This country has changed into something unrecognizable. It used to be very liberal, very outward looking, very welcoming and very tolerant,” Werf said. “And I personally was actually attacked the day after the referendum about me not being British, and why I wasn't going, why I was still even there.”
British-born people kept asking her why she had stayed in Britain after the Brexit vote, and those questions hurt.
Considering move to EU country
Van der Werf has decided not to move back to the Netherlands but is contemplating a move to one of the southern EU countries. Britain officially left the European Union on Jan. 31. It is still obliged to adhere to EU laws through the end of 2020 when the transitional period is over.
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