“Expats are disaffected, angry and fed up”, says Brian Cave
It seems to me that one should explore the two-way relationship of a citizen with his Government.
Historically the Briton is subconsciously perceived as a subject by the government. The French perceive the citizen as a indeed un-citoyen. The Briton Abroad is perceived by Government as someone who does his duty! The responsibilities of the government to support the citizen are sometimes hardly apparent. The French Government respects their citizens. The citizen has a dialogue with the Government and the Government listens to him.
The British Government looks suspiciously on the British citizen abroad. The citizen abroad has no voice in Government. His needs are ignored. For example – The EU discusses matters of great significance to the British expatriate in Europe and are we in any way consulted? No – because no channel of communication exists! A Citizen Abroad is a citizen Ignored.
So not only one asks – What can the the Expatriate do for Britain, but also what can the British Government do for the Expatriate. That support is seriously lacking.