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The ‘EU native’ fighting for British rights threatened by Brexit

Golding says her British pride has been tested by the feelings of disorientation and abandonment created by Brexit | Neil Hall/EPA

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The ‘EU native’ fighting for British rights threatened by Brexit

‘Everybody has a complex situation,’ says Jane Golding of the 1.2 million UK citizens across the Continent.

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12/24/18, 9:00 AM CET

Updated 12/27/18, 4:19 AM CET

BERLIN — The Brexit referendum began a “mourning process” for Jane Golding that has prompted her to “rethink” her relationship with home.

A practicing lawyer, Golding describes herself as a “convinced European” and “EU native.” But even after spending most of her working life in different European countries — Belgium, Italy and now the capital of Germany — she was proud to be British.

That pride has been tested by the feelings of disorientation and abandonment created by Brexit. She said she found the result “depressing.”

“I’ve just taken all these rights and opportunities that I’ve had for granted,” she said. “Suddenly, all those things have been pulled from under me and all of us.”

She is referring to the, at least, 1.2 million British nationals living across the EU27 at the time of the referendum — many of whom were not able to vote because they had lived outside the U.K. for more than 15 years.

Jane Golding speaks on the BBC in the summer of 2018 | Screenshot via British In Europe on YouTube

But the 53-year-old did not just shrug her shoulders and watch Brexit unfold. 

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