We are European VAT Experts – 70% of us were born on the continent and we speak over 30 languages. To give you a flavour of how European we are, we asked our VAT experts do the talking by asking what the #EU means to them…
BORN & BRED IN: LONDON
FAVOURITE PLACE: BURANO
“I am a British Citizen and I am proud to be and remain European.
Working in European trade and VAT, alongside so many amazing colleagues from all over the world has allowed me to live and breathe Europe. It’s diversity in culture, language and food has helped so much to grow up with a bigger perspective than just my own.”
BORN & BRED IN: FRANKFURT
FAVOURITE PLACE: BRIGHTON
“As a European the immigration to the UK was easy without any obstacles. This gave me the opportunity to live in a new country and expand my horizons.
Since I moved to the UK I have always felt welcome. Whatever will happen after Brexit, I am more than confident that I will not feel less welcome and that we may take even more care of each other.”
MARIANA LAGES GOMES
BORN & BRED IN: PORTO
FAVOURITE PLACE: FLORENCE
“Being part of the EU, makes possible to travel freely, means living in another country knowing my rights.Feeling at home in England, going to visit my Portuguese friend in Madrid for the weekend, drinking French wine and having Italian cheese.It means to be freely connected, no roaming, no frontiers, no limits, closer to the ones we love.”
BORN & BRED IN: OXFORD
FAVOURITE PLACE: BUDAPEST
“Having been lucky enough to travel to nearly half of the EU countries and still feel at home, it doesn’t feel real that the UK is taking a step backwards, from a union of cultures which have enriched our society in many ways. I’ll always make people feel at home here as they have done for me in Europe.”
SONIA GARCÍA ÁLVAREZ
BORN & BRED IN: LEÓN
FAVOURITE PLACE: BARCELONA
“For me being part of Europe means togetherness, regardless of all the differences between each country, from North down to South, East to West, we are joined together by common goals and ideologies.Also, being able to go back to Spain and visit my friends and family with no hassle and no extra questions is what I really value. It’s already hard enough to live thousands of kilometres away from your family and friends. I’m also married to a British citizen so Brexit goes against ALL my ideologies and way of living!”
BORN & BRED IN: HASTINGS
FAVOURITE PLACE: PORTOMARÍN
“The EU’s Erasmus+ exchange programme gave me the opportunity to live abroad, experience a new culture, learn Spanish and meet fantastic new people. The experience was invaluable – I caught the travel bug and have been exploring the EU ever since.”
BORN & BRED IN: CHERTSEY
FAVOURITE PLACE: BRUGES
“I would say I was born European. We took family holidays in Europe from a young age and always felt part of Europe.
I feel deeply upset about Brexit and not primarily for any business / commercial reasons, but because I’ve always identified as European. I feel like my identity is being changed without my agreement! Also it was triggered for all the wrong reasons – hijacked by a group of people who deceived the public into placing blame where it doesn’t belong.
We have so many European colleagues – we are a beacon of European harmony”
BORN & BRED IN: MILAN
FAVOURITE PLACE: SANTORINI
“I am a European person whom has seen the benefit of having no borders between EU Member States and no need of VISA to study or travel abroad.I used to travel with only my old paper identity card everywhere in the EU, from Portugal to Latvia!
The first flights I ever bought cost less than the cost of a pizza (and sometimes of a coffee) when Ryanair and easyJet started flights to and from Italy.
The UK is the country that I have chosen to raise my daughter in because I want her to grow up in an international environment that’s multicultural like her mother and I.”
BORN & BRED IN: REUS
FAVOURITE PLACE: REUS
“For me Europe means home, free movement across the countries, languages that diversify and unify us all at the same time.
Lots of different cultures which I am proud of, weather and food.”
BORN & BRED IN: BRIGHTON
FAVOURITE PLACE: AMSTERDAM
“Living in Brighton, with its super easy links by boat, air and train. I love to travel around Europe in my spare time,
At the moment I can travel off the beaten track in places like Croatia and Romania and not even have to worry about my phone bill.
I hope despite Brexit, the UK finds some way of staying in harmony with Europe. Especially in regards to the free movement of people.”
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