Website urges Britons to embrace 'Brexile', seek fortune abroad

Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:26am EDT
 
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By Kirstin Ridley

LONDON (Reuters) - In the early hours of June 24, before most Britons woke up to the fact their country had voted to leave the European Union, Peter Parkinson watched the results from his mother's home in southeast England and decided that his future now lay in France.

By 5 a.m., his friend Tom Phillips had messaged on Facebook to ask him to help set up a new website, "brexiles.com", to persuade other disenchanted young professionals to quit Britain and seek jobs and even citizenship overseas.

"I'd already more or less decided I'd be a fool not to get back on the train to EU citizenship," said Parkinson, a 35-year-old English computer science graduate.

Phillips, a 22-year-old law student, says he snapped up the brexiles.com name because he felt many Britons like him were dismayed by the vote to end 40 years of EU membership and, potentially, the freedoms to work in the continent and assorted islands that came with it.

"For young people, the brightest future now lies outside of the UK," he says on the website. "When the ballot box lets you down, vote with your feet."

Brexiles.com - part job listings, part campaign hub - gives 10 reasons for leaving the country including "telling the world that Brits can see beyond the Channel" and "getting paid in another currency," after sterling's slump against the dollar.

So far its visitor numbers are in the low thousands. But Phillips, who says he will one day consider taking the New York bar exam and moving across the Atlantic, says the reaction has been positive and the numbers are growing.

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REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO Founder of brexiles.com, Tom Phillips, poses for a photograph in central London, Britain July 22, 2016. Picture taken July 22, 2016.     REUTERS/Paul Hackett