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British Crew in the EU under scrutiny

EU officials will be keeping a close eye this season on British crew working on yachts in EU waters. Long accustomed to working without a visa in the EU as EU citizens, many crew and job seekers are not fully aware of the need to be regulated in terms of their employment status.

At one second past midnight on January 1st 2021, British nationals were stripped of their EU citizenship which allowed them to live and work in any of the 27 countries of the EU. Many in the UK rejoiced. Just as many felt a sense of loss, even grief.

EU functionaries have been outraged at the clumsy approach taken by UK Border Control in dealing with EU citizens arriving at UK airports. Many EU citizens, some still in their teens, who made simple errors on the immigration forms were removed to detention centres that house rapists, criminals and long term overstayers. 

UK ministers intervened to instruct the Border Force to soften their aggressive approach to EU citizens, but the UK Home Office is still adopting the Hostile Environment as a matter of immigration policy.

The EU as well as ministers in EU countries whose citizens have been traumatised by their inhumane treatment by the UK Border Force are wondering why British nationals roam the dock walks of their countries unchallenged. Crew employment agencies are up to speed in obtaining the necessary visas and permits for British Nationals. At the very minimum, an offer of employment will be required to obtain a visa.

British tourists are allowed into the EU in most cases with an automatic visa for no more than 90 days in any 180 day period. However, this visa does not allow wannabe yachties to look for work. This is one area where some countries will be cracking down on violations of visa regulations. Expect deportations and forcible removals.

Many UK nationals in the superyacht industry who were not in favour of Brexit, anticipating these work visa problems, are wondering how EU citizenship, once given as a birthright,  can be taken away at the stroke of a pen. The former Dutch PM Mark Rutters proposed to the EU Commission that UK  Nationals who still believed in the EU ideals should be allowed to retain some kind of associate citizenship. This was given short shrift in the negotiations. 

The sins of the fathers can clearly be paid by the sons and daughters.

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