Richard Bromley 

So, I found out that my roaming charges will now be different when travelling in Europe.  It is not the end of the world, it is just a frustration.  When you have had something for so long you take it for granted.  The bigger impact of Brexit this month I have recently found out is around education.

As a consequence of Brexit, that if a chaplain has children who hope to go to university in the UK then they need to now be ordinarily resident in the UK continuously for the previous three years before their course starts in order to qualify for home fees.  Previously chaplains were able to come home and their children go to university paying the home fees if they lived in Europe.

Of course, there are many excellent universities in Europe that teach in English, but already it is having an impact on recruitment when candidates who have children are having to think how long they can commit for.

At a recent Diocesan meeting, it was said that Brexit is the biggest risk being faced by the Diocese in Europe and it will certainly impact ICS.  Much of that risk has been masked by COVID-19 but we are finding out more as we journey along.

It is what it is, but there are now new complexities and considerations that anyone seeking to minister in Europe needs to take into account.