‘I was told we would be sent back on boats’ - EU citizen speaks of Brexit impact on Portugese

PUBLISHED: 14:27 31 December 2018 | UPDATED: 14:36 31 December 2018

Ana Moreira explains how Brexit is affecting her and the Portuguese community. Photograph: Victoria Pertusa.

Ana Moreira explains how Brexit is affecting her and the Portuguese community. Photograph: Victoria Pertusa.

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In a new video series, The New European meets some of the 3 million EU citizens living in the UK. Here we meet ANA MOREIRA, a Zumba instructor from Portugal.

The fewer than 100 days left until the UK leaves the European Union and there is not a clear path in sight. While all eyes are on whether Theresa May’s deal will pass, whether there will be a People’s Vote or a no deal Brexit, there is a large group of citizens living more apprehensive about their future than most.

They are the nearly 4 million EU citizens that live in the UK.

They have no say or voice on what happen with their lives in the UK.

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In a new series for The New European some of those EU citizens share their personal stories on how the EU referendum has impacted their lives, the uncertainty they have faced since the vote back in 2016 and how Brexit is impacting their families, jobs, and future plans.

In the latest video series we speak to Ana Moreira, a Zumba instructor from Portugal who now lives in Great Yarmouth, who explains how Brexit is impacting the Portugese communities in the UK.

She explains how people in the local community told her that immigrants were going to be sent back on boats after Brexit.

Ana believes that there was a lack of information surrounding Brexit.

She said: “Even immigrants from here were not well informed. Because I had people from here - Portugese families - who just left the country because after the referendum they just thought they had to leave. A lot of information wasn’t reaching people properly.”

• Are you an EU citizen with a personal Brexit story to share in our video series? Email victoria.pertusa@archant.co.uk with more information.

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