In accordance with the 2019 Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Britons living in Europe were offered the chance to register to maintain their residence and rights to continue living in the bloc – but many have not done so.
Gareth has been fortunate enough to swerve any issues but he has friends who have suffered.
“I am very lucky,” he said. “I started my business just before the pandemic in 2020 and have just thrown myself out there and created a good name for myself.
“Unfortunately, many friends and close people me have had to up and leave due to the ridiculous rules that are being set.
Travel after Brexit is about to get much more complicated once European holidays are back on the cards for Britains. This summer Europe is expected to open up for UK holidaymakers once more.
Today Simon Calder warned all those planning to travel to check their passports and, most importantly, when those passports expired.
Speaking to presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, Simon said: “Since Brexit, since the transition period ended, it gets a lot more complicated going into Europe.
“The Government has an online passport checker system so if you are thinking of going abroad then for goodness sake don’t fall at the first hurdle and find that you haven’t got your passports in order.”
Billy Connolly discusses Parkinson’s and cancer diagnoses
The Scottish entertainer, 78, savoured 60 years as a stand-up comedian before announcing his retirement last year. He said symptoms of Parkinson’s disease prevented him from being able to “think as sharply” as he needed to perform. Sir Billy, who was knighted four years ago, has often stayed away from politics, believing he could influence people, but weighed in on Brexit a number of times.
Sir Billy referred to the nation’s decision to leave the EU as a “disaster” and thought “breaking up” the bloc was “a crime bordering on a sin”.
After previously stating he would not vote in the Scottish independence referendum nor make his opinions known, he supported the SNP’s calls.
In the BBC Scotland documentary Billy and Us last year, he said: “I think a Scottish republic is as good an idea as any I’ve ever heard.”
Sir Billy was surprised he became a supporter of Scottish independence because he considered himself an “Anglophile”.
Billy Connolly slammed Prime Minister as a ‘f***ing softboy’ during an anti-Brexit rant (Image: GETTY / SKY NEWS)
Billy Connolly has often been against Scottish Independence but in Brexit’s wake supported it (Image: GETTY)
In his 2018 book Made In Scotland, he wrote: “I never thought I would say that.”
The comedian confessed he didn’t “trust nationalism in any of its guises”.
However, in the wake of Brexit – where 1.6 million people, 62 percent of the nation, voted Remain – Sir Billy felt Scottish independence was the right move.
Sir Billy said: “The most important thing for Scotland is to keep our contact with Europe.
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Billy Connolly announced his retirement from stand-up comedy last year after six decades performing (Image: ITV)
“If the only way for us to do that is to become independent from England, that may just be the way to go.”
The comedian previously tempered his remarks about becoming a republic by stating: “I didn’t think it was wise to.”
Sir Billy added: “As an Anglophile, I’ve never shouted for independence but I might be changing my mind now.”
In a 2018 Daily Record interview, where Sir Billy called Brexit a “crime”, he said: “I think the more people are together, not separate, the happier they will be.”
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He felt Brexit would lead to Scottish independence because the majority of the nation voted Remain.
In the 2016 EU referendum, 52 percent of the UK voted Leave and more than 46.5 million people cast their ballot.
England and Wales overwhelmingly voted for Brexit, by 53.4 percent and 52.5 percent respectively.
Scotland and Northern Ireland voted Remain by 62 percent and 55.8 percent.
Billy Connolly described himself as an ‘Anglophile’ and was against Scottish Independence for years (Image: GETTY)
In 2019, when Sir Billy was asked whether he was interested in US politics, he said: “We kept away from all that madness.”
However, he took a firm swipe at Prime Minister Boris Johnson during an interview with The Observer.
Sir Billy said: “Talk about Trump, though, look who you’ve got now over here!”
He then referred to Mr Johnson as a “f***ing soft boy”.
Sir Billy reportedly said he was “relieved” to be “a few thousand miles away from Brexit”.
Billy Connolly jokes about Parkinson’s during drug discussion
He continued: “What a con! And the Prime Minister was the biggest con of all.”
Sir Billy was concerned about the decision to vote to leave the EU because he felt the public didn’t understand it.
His beliefs stemmed from watching people in south Wales being interviewed on a US TV channel.
Sir Billy noted: “How pleased they were to have voted out of Europe.”
Billy Connolly spoke out to Sky News after the launch of a gallery to celebrate decades in comedy (Image: SKY NEWS)
However, he claimed the interviewees seemed a little uneasy after they were told about the benefits of the EU.
Sir Billy recalled: “Then they showed all the things that the EU had funded in their town.”
He said the individuals “had no idea” about the money pumped into their local area and called it “completely nuts”.
Sir Billy’s concerns over Brexit led him to support calls for Scottish independence.
When asked if being a republic was a good idea last year, he told Herald Scotland: “If Scotland would like it, I would like it.”
Exports and imports from Britain to the European Union plunged in January – the first month of the nation’s new trade relationship with the bloc – according to data published Friday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Data showed that exports of goods to the EU, excluding non-monetary gold and other precious metals, plummeted by 40.7 percent in January, while imports tumbled 28.8 percent.
The figures show the “largest” monthly fall since records began in 1997, said the ONS. It had previously warned that the hit to trade from the Covid-19 pandemic would make it difficult to identify a Brexit impact from new customs arrangements in January’s data. It, however, added there were signs that this hurt trade at the start of the year. “External evidence suggests some of the slower trade for goods in early January 2021 could be attributable to disruption caused by the end of the transition period,” the ONS said. Also on rt.comEurope & UK betting big on India, with mega trade deals on the way
It also noted that companies had been stockpiling ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period, and may have been using up that stock instead of buying new goods in January. Official data showed on Friday that Britain’s economy shrank by a less severe than expected 2.9 percent in January from December as the country went back into a coronavirus lockdown.
“The economy took a notable hit in January, albeit smaller than some expected, with retail, restaurants, schools and hairdressers all affected by the latest lockdown,” said ONS statistician Jonathan Athow.
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Billy Connolly discusses Parkinson’s and cancer diagnoses
The Scottish performer, 78, said he felt “comfortable in his skin” after announcing his retirement from stand-up comedy four months ago. Sir Billy, known as ‘The Big Yin’ meaning ‘the big one’, retired after five decades in entertainment due to his worsening battle with Parkinson’s disease. The TV star, who will publish his first autobiography later this year, has been increasingly vocal in the Brexit debate in recent years.
Despite his clear Brexit stance, Sir Billy initially refused to weigh-in on the Scottish Independence debate because he feared “influencing anybody”.
His concerns led him to abstain from voting in the nation’s referendum, which he dubbed “morass”.
While the star kept his thoughts about Independence quiet, he was extremely vocal about Brexit.
In 2018, Sir Billy told the Sunday Times that the decision to leave the EU was “a disaster” and branded it a “con-job”.
Billy Connolly branded Boris Johnson a ‘f***ing soft boy’ and Brexit a ‘con’ (Image: GETTY / SKY NEWS)
Billy Connolly initially seemed to oppose Scottish Independence before a U-turn over the Brexit vote (Image: GETTY)
He felt the “breaking up of Europe” was a “crime bordering on sin” and urged Scotland to “keep our contact” with the bloc.
In Scotland, 62 percent of the public voted Remain in the EU referendum – while 52 percent of the UK voted for Brexit.
He argued that “becoming independent from England… may just be the way to go” if it meant the nation could keep close to the EU.
Sir Billy, who is a self-professed “anglophile”, admitted: “I never thought I would say that.”
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Billy Connolly waved goodbye to stand-up comedy with a farewell documentary on ITV last year (Image: ITV)
In 2019, he admitted to feeling “relief” over being “a few thousand miles away from Brexit”, during a Guardian interview.
Sir Billy lives in an impressive five-bedroom home in Key West, Florida, which was estimated at £2.3million ($ 3.2million) by Virtual Globetrotting.
Since living in the US, he claimed to have “kept away from all the madness” from former US President Donald Trump.
But then Sir Billy took a swipe at British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, by telling the Guardian: “Look who you’ve got now over here.”
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Express.co.uk explain the five key moments that led the UK to vote for Brexit (Image: EXPRESS)
Sir Billy expressed his concerns over why people voted for Brexit and when asked about the Leave campaign said: “What a con!”
He argued that “the Prime Minister was the biggest con of all” and called Mr Johnson a “f***ing soft boy”.
Sir Billy kept an eye on the Brexit debate from across the pond and watched people being interviewed in south Wales on US TV.
He noted: “How pleased they were to have voted out of Europe.”
Billy Connolly spoke to Sky News about his departure from stand-up comedy after 50 years (Image: SKY NEWS)
In the 2016 EU referendum, 52.5 percent of Wales voted for Brexit.
Sir Billy was concerned that the public did not understand what they could lose after leaving the bloc.
He said: “They showed all the things that the EU had funded in their town.
“They had no idea, it’s completely nuts.”
Sir Billy’s thoughts about Brexit led him to call for Scotland to vote to become an independent country.
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In 2014, he told the Radio Times that people should “get together, not split apart” – in a statement that hinted he was against independence.
Sir Billy said he didn’t believe in “more layers of Government” that “ordinary people will have to pay for” – but argued togetherness was better than separation.
He said: “The more people stay together, the happier they’ll be.”
But in a 2018 Sunday Times interview, Sir Billy seemed to have changed his mind and argued Scotland should keep close to the EU.
Billy Connolly was knighted by Prince William in 2017 and described it as ‘a big bit nerve-racking’ (Image: GETTY)
Last year, he confirmed he “would like” to see Scotland become an independent nation, in the BBC show Billy and Us.
Sir Billy claimed to have “never liked nationalism in any of its guises” but explained he was open to the idea of independence.
He said: “I think a Scottish republic is as good an idea as any I ever heard.”
But Sir Billy, who admitted his politics changed on a “daily” basis, countered: “I don’t represent anybody or anything – I don’t think it’s wise to.”
Don’t Rock the Boat: Freddie Flintoff hosts ITV reality show
The TV star has found fame on reality shows League Of Their Own, Top Gear and more, after 11 years as an England cricketer. Flintoff, who features on the ITV Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey tonight, candidly spoke out about his struggles in the sport and bravely admitted his battle with bulimia. The 43-year-old has seldomly spoken out on politics but in one tweet seemed to reveal his concerns over Brexit.
Flintoff appeared to be worried about the UK’s decision to leave the EU five years ago.
His apparent unease with Brexit came in spite of 52 percent of the public voting to depart from the bloc.
The celebrity joined a list of sportspeople who seemed in opposition to the referendum’s result on Twitter.
Match Of The Day star Gary Lineker claimed there had been “disgusting lies” in the campaign and felt “ashamed” of his generation.
Andrew Flintoff called ‘start today again’ after the UK voted for Brexit in 2016 (Image: BBC / GETTY)
Andrew Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp will star on ancestry show Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey tonight (Image: ITV)
He tweeted: “We’ve let down our children and their children.’”
Former British athlete Paula Radcliffe said she was “in shock” on Twitter and felt people “forgot” the EU was set up “to end wars and create unity and strength”.
On the day of the EU referendum’s results – June 24, 2016 – Flintoff also made his thoughts known, when he wrote: “Can we start today again please?”
His tweet was liked by 1,200 people on Twitter and retweeted 340 times.
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Andrew Flintoff spent 11 years on the England cricket team (Image: GETTY)
One Flintoff fan argued that he shouldn’t be so downbeat about the result and wrote: “Change is good! Exciting times ahead!”
A second quipped that it was “not a good time for a Boris Johnson lookalike to be wandering the streets” and advised him to “stay indoors”.
A third added: “Freddy (sic) does this mean we get the Ashes back?”
The individual referred to Flintoff’s call for a rerun of the referendum, which they felt could also be argued for cricket.
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Another remarked: “We all know a t*** who voted Remain.”
Flintoff didn’t respond to the tweets but some appeared to support his call to “start today again”.
One quipped: “It’s yesterday that needs to be started again, Andrew.”
Others interpreted Flintoff’s remark to be a call for a second EU referendum.
Andrew Flintoff revealed he battled with bulimia while on the England cricket team in a BBC show (Image: BBC)
One user wrote: “I wonder if we could start the voting again, this time, based on truth?”
A second added: “We’d welcome all the Remain voters.”
A third questioned whether “the North of England” could “secede from the UK along with Scotland”.
In a 2018 Lancashire Post article, Flintoff was referenced as a positive point for Brexit.
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The piece argued that leaving the EU could lead to “a spike” in “staycation holidays” – a term for people vacationing in their own country.
Rachel McQueen, the then-CEO of Marketing Lancashire, felt there was a “window of opportunity” for the UK to become more attractive to holidaymakers.
She felt Lancashire needed to “maximise” and “attract people” to the county to take advantage of the uncertainty of being able to holiday abroad.
Ms McQueen said: “The domestic market is strong and we already get many visitors from overseas from within the EU and outside of the EU.”
Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey, which reveals celebrities’ family histories, stars Andrew Flintoff tonight (Image: ITV)
In 2016, Lancashire attracted 67 million visitors – generating £4.13billion and supporting 59,000 jobs in the county.
The Post argued that celebrities and tourism based around them could help to bring more people to Lancashire.
They cited Flintoff and Good Morning Britain star Ranvir Singh as potential “high-profile ambassadors” for the area.
Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey, which stars Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp, airs tonight at 9pm on ITV.
David Attenborough warns world leaders about climate change
The naturalist has spent nearly seven decades at the BBC and fronted many of the nation’s favourite wildlife shows. In recent years, Sir David has warned of the impending dangers posed by climate change. But in a series of blunt statements, the documentarian weighed-in on the Brexit debate.
Sir David, who returns to screens this weekend on Attenborough’s Life In Colour, spoke out about the problems before Brexit.
Nearly five years ago, the historic EU referendum concluded with 52 percent of the public in favour of leaving the bloc.
While Sir David did not reveal whether he voted Leave or Remain, he did seem to understand the frustrations of the public.
When asked about whether he was a Brexiteer, he replied: “There had to be a change, one way or another.”
Sir David felt the EU had allowed itself to do things that “irritated” people in member states.
David Attenborough spoke out about the European Union (EU) in a rare interview (Image: GETTY)
David Attenborough has spent nearly seven decades at the BBC (Image: GETTY)
In 2019, he told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica: “I think that [there is] irritation [from] the ways in which the European community has interfered.”
Sir David explained that it had “interfered with people’s lives on silly levels”.
He believed the public took affront to “silly issues” and that had left them uncertain about the benefits of the EU.
Sir David continued: “[It] has irritated a lot of people who don’t actually understand what the advantages and the disadvantages are.”
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David Attenborough returns to TV screens this weekend with Attenborough’s Life In Colour (Image: GETTY)
He argued that the public were “fed up” with an overseas group deciding laws that would affect the UK – and other member states.
Sir David claimed the language barrier may have been a problem for some people too.
He suggested some people may have grown tired of everyday frustrations – such as being told “how much money they have got to charge for tomatoes”.
Sir David believed “something silly” like that could have turned people against the EU.
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The Brexit timeline (Image: EXPRESS)
He also believed that the bloc had not concentrated on the smaller things cared about by members.
Sir David said: “Maybe the European Union didn’t pay enough attention.”
He explained that they could have ignored the “sorts of things that members…care about”.
Sir David continued: “[The EU] has allowed themselves to do all sorts of things which irritate the members.”
After the 2016 referendum, Sir David was reported to have “expressed his sadness” at the prospect of leaving the EU, according to the Guardian.
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When asked about how Brexit could affect the environment, he said: “That is sad.”
He seemed concerned that certain wildlife protections could be removed once the UK left the EU.
Sir David noted that swallows, migrant birds “and so on” were “not members of the union” but may be affected by its decisions.
He said: “One just hopes that collaboration on these issues, conservation issues, will transcend political divisions.”
Labour leader Keir Starmer’s record on Brexit (Image: Express)
Previously, Sir David was concerned that Brexit had already taken too much time to discuss on the international stage.
He feared that “hideous” environmental problems were being ignored due to talks about leaving the bloc.
Sir David described how the UK and the rest of the world were “occupied with these silly squabbles about Brexit”.
He also raised concern about facism, as witnessed in the Thirties and Forties.
David Attenborough was concerned that wildlife could suffer as a result of Brexit (Image: GETTY)
Sir David feared the public were “losing reason” and “becoming enraged”.
He hoped that they would remember the “lunacy that overtook Europe” during that period of time.
Sir David said: “We had German Jewish refugees living in our house throughout the war.
“When I see mobs… mobs of people are a very, very ugly sight.”
Attenborough’s Life In Colour airs at 7pm Sunday on BBC One.