Welcome to the New BRA Website

For a number of years our website has provided information to BRA members. However, its age was causing Nigel Coombs increasing effort and heartache to keep it going. Last week, an update installed by our service provider proved incompatible with our existing application and “knocked out” our website to the extent that we were unable […]

BREXIT UPDATE, 26 June 2017

 The UK Prime Minister has announced that the British government will continue pension uprating, payment of disability benefits and healthcare cover after Brexit for British expatriates in the EU. Speaking in the House of Commons on 26 June 2017, Theresa May said: “The UK will continue to export and uprate the UK state pension and […]


Below is a summary of recent BREXIT-related actions and events of interest to BRA members. The BRA is not a campaigning organisation but we will continue to keep our members informed of relevant actions and events as they arise. We are fortunate in having an Ambassador whose Embassy in Bern takes an interest in supporting […]

Berne is Best European Capital City

Berne in Switzerland has been crowned the Best European Capital City to work in, while the Albanian capital Tirana is the worst! London came 18th in this research conducted by silverdoor.co.uk. You can see it here! The research compared the cost of living, average monthly salary, unemployment rate, traffic commute and average hours worked in each […]

Her Majesty the Queen surpasses Queen Victoria’s record

  Your Council sent this letter to the Queen on Monday on your behalf congratulating her on becoming the longest-serving monarch in British history on this day, September 9, 2015. We are honoured to have received this reply from Her Majesty dated September 30, 2015.  You can see a selection of pictures taken during each year of her reign […]

British Citizenship for children born in Switzerland

A new version of this legislation is in the pipeline which will permit application for British citizenship for children born here of British parents also born here. The requirement for the parent to have spent 3 years in the UK before the child was born remains, but the application will be able to be made […]

Diamond Jubilee Concert – 2012

Queen Elizabeth’s actual birthday, 21 April, was the date chosen for the magnificent Diamond Jubilee Concert held in Geneva’s Victoria Hall as the BRA’s national event. Tickets were booked well in advance and on the day a crowd of 1500 people waited impatiently outside for the doors to open. The venue was appropriate; the hall […]