Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
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Lufthansa - Miles & More
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Gosh. You talk as though the UK has been occupied by a fascist force for the past 40 odd years. What a load of rubbish!
Firstly, European regulations are not a one-way street as you seem to be implying: they are reciprocal. British Citizens get the exact same privileges in other EU states - for example I live in Belgium without a work permit or residency visa because I am a British/EU citizen. Over 1 million Brits live in other EU states in fact - all thanks to freedom of movement rights. But of course the British superiority complex means that many feel they are better than EU citizens living in the UK. The use of the word "ex-pat" being a prime example. Many British people take for granted how easy it is for them to travel to and around the continent by virtue of their EU Citizenship. Due to its geographical proximity, of course European destinations are the most popular for British holidaymakers. Right now we can use the EU queue when travelling into and out of the Schengen area (which is usually very fast) but from next year, this will likely stop and Brits will have to wait significantly longer to enter other European countries. For example if you are going to Paris for a weekend, or even a daytrip, this will cause a huge headache if you have to wait for over an hour at passport control.
Secondly, "EU Overlords". What the hell is that? The EU is a cooperation of 28 nations who work together economically and politically. The UK has a lot of influence in Europe, not to mention 73 directly elected MEPs. Next year when the so-called transitional period comes into force, the UK will lose all its influence whilst at the same time having to adhere to EU laws and regulations. So much for taking back control eh?
And finally, why should the UK offer Australian citizens privilege when it is not reciprocated? When I go to Australia I have to apply for a visa in advance (even though it is free) and that only allows me to stay temporarily as a tourist. The process for British Citizens to apply for residency and/or a work permit is difficult.
EU freedom of movement has worked very well for the UK - it is reciprocal and easily allows for the jobs to be filled that British people don't want to do. The only people who have a problem with it are xenophobic leave voters who cringe whenever they hear someone speaking Polish in their local supermarket.
Originally Posted by SKAirbus
There is nothing democratic or cooperative about the EU. The so called European Parliament you refer is nothing more than a rubber stamp for decisions which are made by the unelected plutocracy.
Anyway, the argument is lost. The UK will be leaving and reclaiming it’s independence and pride. The EU will continue to slide into ever closer union all the while ignoring the wishes of European citizens.
The fact that you target leave voters is typical of the out of touch political elite that ignored what average people were thinking. If you spent more time talking to people in rural and suburban England and less time in the rarified Belgian air you’d appreciate that.
Moreover, your argument about reciprocity with Australia is flawed. Whilst I accept a free tourist visa (which is obtained online) is required, UK citizens can use the ePassport gates along with Australian nationals at all major international ports. The Australian Government has said for years they want to reach better reciprocal arrangements with the UK. It’s the UK, hamstrung by over door British migration, which has prevented them from coming to the table.
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Ha, except for the fact that - unless you're lucky enough to get one of the chatty, friendly older ladies or gentlemen (there are a few left), you're treated with hostility deep suspicion by the jobsworths at LHR.
Avoiding that special welcome is almost reason enough in itself to stump up the exorbitant fees for a registered traveller pass.
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