Brexit as Seen From Portugal

Portugal ‘regrets’ Brexit vote, despite democratic decision – The Portugal Newstheportugalnews.com

The Portuguese minister of planning and infrastructure, Pedro Marques, lamented on Friday, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), but said it was a democratic act by the citizens.

“It is a decision we obviously regret. Not the fact that the people voted democratically, because that is normal and healthy in a democracy”, he said.

“We are European supporters and we want Europe to continue to expand and continue to be a space of cohesion and peace”, he said.

Via theportugalnews.com

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Algarve real estate company does strong business on Brexit day – The Portugal Newstheportugalnews.com

Ideal Homes, a real estate company based in the central Algarve, has told The Portugal News that it has clinched a major deal through a British buyer within hours of Britain voting to leave the EU.

Chris White, the owner of Ideal Homes, told The Portugal News on Friday afternoon revealed that a property worth €500,000 was sold to a British family shortly after results came out to show the Leave campaign had won the referendum.

He added that seven other potential buyers from the UK had made appointments on Friday for viewings of property in the Algarve, while another British buyer had also secured a mortgage to purchase a home.

“Too be honest, I was worried about the referendum results, but the business we did today clearly shows that there is still huge interest in property in the Algarve”, Chris White explained.

h/t theportugalnews.com

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Brexit just wrecked the career plans of thousands of Goans

On a day when the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union, the Portuguese consulate in Goa was nearly deserted. On most days, serpentine queues wend around the consulate’s Panjim office, which issues between 30 and 40 Portuguese passports a day. But Friday was unusually dull.

Portugal, which ruled Goa for 450 years before it was incorporated into India in 1961, recognises Goans born before that year – as well as their children and grandchildren – as Portuguese citizens. Passport agents who help applicants through the paperwork estimate that 300,000 to 400,000 Goans have become Portuguese citizens since Portugal joined the European Union in 1986.

Because citizens of European nations can live and work anywhere in the EU, an estimated 20,000 Goans have used their Portuguese passports to settle in the UK, a country that uses a language most Goans know.

But with the British exit from the EU, an event that has become to be known as Brexit, obtaining a Portuguese passport is likely to become less attractive for Goans.

“Things are going to be difficult for them from now on after Brexit,” said a consulate official who asked to remain unidentified. “Though it is expected to take a while, restrictions are bound to be put into place.”

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Portugal to stick to deficit cuts to overcome Brexit impact

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LISBON: Portugal will stick to a rigorous budget management to meet its deficit reduction goals and overcome any turbulence linked to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, the finance ministry said on Friday. “The finance ministry reaffirms commitment to the established budget targets that will allow us to leave the excessive deficit procedure,” it said in a statement.

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Brexit starts taking its toll on Portugal – The Portugal News

Within hours of Britain voting to leave the European Union, news has already started emerging of businesses in Portugal already feeling the pinch of the uncertainty this result has generated.

An international school was also told on Friday morning that the enrolment of two British children would be put on hold due to the outcome of the referendum, with the prospective parent continuing to say that he was heading off to his lawyers to cancel the purchase of a property.

Portuguese business people in the UK have also expressed worry over how Brexit is going to affect them.

José Cruz, who runs one of the biggest importers of Portuguese products into the UK told the Lusa News Agency that “we are going to struggle and we need to make immediate decisions.”

The director of Atlântico added that his company does not only deal with Portugal, but with other countries who trade in the dollar.

“We are going to have to increase our prices, we are not sitting around waiting for better news”, he said.

Guilherme Rosa, elected for Labour in Stockwell, south London, and where there is a large Portuguese community, said that it was going to be “economic doom here.”

He added that the talk in Stockwell is also about how holidays will become more expensive and they “won’t be able to visit Portugal as often.”

There were also concerns that the euro would devalue strongly against the dollar, meaning that with almost immediate effect, fuel prices here would rise as Portugal pays in dollars to obtain oil.

Via theportugalnews.com

Portugal Vs Croatia Round of 16

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Cristiano Ronaldo finally found form for Portugal with his starring role in the 3-3 draw with Hungary, but Croatia will be in confident mood after finishing ahead of Spain in Group D — Lens (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET, ESPN). h/t espnfc.com

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Carlo Ancelotti has described Cristiano Ronaldo as a leader and someone who cares about the team following a series of incidents at the European Championship that have reflected badly on the Portugal captain.

After their opening game, a 1-1 draw with Iceland in which he failed to score, Ronaldo accused Portugal’s opponents of being “lucky” and “small” and his frustrations continued as he missed a penalty and had a goal ruled out for offside in the goalless draw with Austria.

Ahead of Portugal’s final Group F match against Hungary, a 3-3 draw in which Ronaldo opened his Euro 2016 account with two goals, the player took umbrage at a reporter’s line of questioning and threw his microphone into a lake.

But Ancelotti, who managed Ronaldo for two seasons at Real Madrid and won the club’s 10th European Cup with him, presented an alternative take on the 31-year-old in his column for the Daily Telegraph.

He said: “You see a different kind of Cristiano Ronaldo when you are the manager of his team. The rest of the world has become obsessed with the image and the look of the man, or how he celebrates when he scores, or how he reacts when things go wrong. I just saw a guy who always wanted to do his best. read more at espnfc.com

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Joao Mario is confident in Portugal’s chances despite having less time to recover than Euro 2016 opponents Croatia.

Portugal midfielder Joao Mario insists a day’s less rest will make no difference in his side’s Euro 2016 clash against Croatia.

Fernando Santos’ men are backing up just three days after their draw with Hungary for a meeting with the Group D winners in Lens on Saturday.

While Croatia had an extra day of rest, Joao Mario said that would have no impact at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

“We know we haven’t much time to recover,” he told a news conference.

“It’s not ideal but we have to go onto the pitch and represent our country.

“In the knockout stage of a competition like this one, you always feel energised and I’m sure we’ll be ready.”

Portugal scraped through the group, drawing all three games against supposedly inferior opposition in Iceland, Austria and Hungary.

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