by Marlies Matthews-Williams, UK and Germany
Since 1977 I have been a commuter. Travelling backwards and forwards between Düsseldorf and Manchester. I know the route so well I’m sure I could fly the plane myself because I’ve done it about a thousand times. I travelled between my two homes. Sometimes I was based in Germany, other times in the UK but for the last 40 years both countries have been home and will continue to be exactly that in my heart. No misguided referendum, no stupid politicians and definitely no Brexit …will ever change that. My heart goes out to all of you whose lives are in turmoil at the moment – so far it hasn’t affected me really other than feeling sad and angry. For the last 17 years we have lived in Düsseldorf and I am currently fighting for the 23 years worth of pension rights I accrued in the UK from 1978 to 2000 and my British husband doesn’t know what his status will be – nobody can tell him yet. I am turning sixty this year and I’ve had plenty of ups and downs throughout my life but this is by far the most absurd, unnecessary and thoroughly senseless situation I’ve ever had to go through.