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Over 90 participants attended a Brexit Q&A Session in Martina Franca (TA) on Friday 13th September, 2019.
The outreach meeting was organised by the British Embassy Rome, Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK, Comune di Martina Franca and De Tullio Law Firm.
The Mayor of Martina Franca, Francesco Ancona, opened proceedings by welcoming everybody to the Palazzo Ducale. Mayor Ancona recognised the contribution that UK expats make to the culture and economy of the region.
Leonardo Simonelli, President Emeritus of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK reflected on the European story; the shared values of peace, democracy, solidarity and freedom. As the UK prepares to exit the EU, President Simonelli noted that it is worthwhile remembering all the shared successes together.
In addition to a briefing on the latest political situation regarding Brexit, Vice Consul Geraldine Williams and the First Secretary for EU Exit Negotiations Asha Brooks from the British Embassy, provided information pertaining to citizens’ rights post-Brexit and practical steps for UK nationals in Italy to take before 31st October, 2019.
Giandomenico De Tullio focussed on the consequences of Brexit for UK nationals with property in Italy. Managing Partner at De Tullio Law Firm, which specialises in Italian property and inheritance law, Mr. De Tullio provided guidance for resident property owners and those who use their properties as second homes. He also advised participants about estate planning and Wills.
Participants had time for questions and discussion. In the main, participants raised concerns about residency, health care and pensions.
After the meeting there was an opportunity for informal discussion and questions. A number of local businesses very kindly offered refreshments for participants.