When I lived in Luxembourg where 40% of the country's population are foreigners my friends would be of all sorts of European nationalities and they would laugh at UK's "island mentality" and they were right and I found myself agreeing and laughing with them.
In Luxembourg I had a national identity card, I was a legal resident, I had a bank account, I could rent accommodation and I could, and did, take out a bank loan to name but a few.
Upon my return to UK after 6 years away I found that I couldn't rent accommodation, I couldn't open a bank account, I couldn't do a lot of things and all because of UK's "island mentality" whereas because I had been outside of UK, BUT IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, UK couldn't perform these Experian credit checks on me.
Thanks to the European Union I was able to legally live and work in Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands and earning a bl00dy fortune whilst doing it, I had/have no problem with UK being part of the EU :)
Where I live now, I have been here 3+ years now, people ask me if I plan to visit UK sometime, my answer remains "Why?" :)
Martin . It is quite shocking how British governments of past and present treat their own people.If you ever decide to return to u.k then maybe you should change your status to asylum seeker as you will be given a national insurance number in turn giving you access to bank account applications and housing
Before and during summer 1998, whilst I was on a detachment in Netherlands, I had been having a problem with both my cartilages, my knees would crack as I would be walking along.
At the end of the summer detachment I was owed so many days off and holiday I had 2 months back at my house in Wales to finish off renovating it to rent it out and as I was concreting the driveway my knees finally gave way whereas I could barely walk.
I went to see my local doctor who told me to get myself to Cardiff hospital "Accident & Emergency" where all I got to see was a nurse who told me to expect to wait 18 months to see an orthopedic doctor and then a further 18 months for the operation ... I could barely walk at the time!!!
I got myself back to Luxembourg, the world's richest country, my doctor had his surgery in the same apartment block as I, within a week thereafter I was seeing the top orthopedic surgeon in the country and a week after that I was having the double operation and all paid for by the state.
I've got a fractured left arm, after a motorcycle accident, at the moment (the front brake locked up on an unmade road), if I should return to Europe then I think I'll head for Luxembourg :)
Iíve heard stories about Canadians having to wait for treatment too. If it was urgent, some would come to the US.
A couple of weeks ago, I read a story online about a Canadian couple, having a premature birth in Hawaii! 1,000,000.00 USD
When I cracked a tooth in Russia, and had an abscess by the time I arrived in Odesa, they pulled it with no charge. I had to pay for medicine,,,, which was 27 or 28,,,,,, something,,,, plus the doctor was allowed a tip,,, 700UAH. He worked on it for hours,,, the back tooth with only a .25 inch space to work.
I had a tooth pulled at home too,,,, it took just a few minutes and cost 90USD! The same amount at the time.