What impact will Brexit have on Bermudian football players?

Bermuda has produced a number of famous football players over the years.

Clyde Best is a Bermuda and West Ham legend:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_Best

Shaun Goater is a Bermuda and Manchester City legend.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_Goater

Nahki Wells is another Bermudian football legend in the making.

He is currently a striker for Huddersfield Town, although the current transfer window (deadline 31 August 2016) has seen speculative talk of a potential move to Aston Villa or Norwich City: http://www.examiner.co.uk/sport/football/news/nahki-wells-latest-huddersfield-town-11779085

One of the potential impacts of Brexit that has been much discussed by the UK media is the restrictions that might be re-imposed on the free movement of footballers between the UK and other EU member states.

See, for example, http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/eu-referendum-how-will-brexit-effect-british-football-and-what-can-be-done-to-limit-the-cost-a7099946.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/2016/06/23/how-would-british-sport-be-affected-by-a-brexit/

Matrix Chambers and their Eutopia Law Blog have a useful discussion on the topic from leading UK sports lawyer, Nicholas Randall QC: https://eutopialaw.com/2016/06/17/countdown-to-the-referendum-brexit-and-premier-league-transfers-by-nicholas-randall-qc/

The impact on Bermudian footballers is likely to be equally mixed.

On the one hand, the pool of talent available to play in the UK without immigration restrictions might be reduced, which might lead UK football clubs to increase their scouting activity in British Overseas Territories such as Bermuda (since Bermudians currently hold UK passports and unrestricted rights of abode in the UK).

On the other hand, it is likely to become increasingly complicated for Bermudian footballers to seek to play professional football in European countries, such as France and Spain.

But since Bermudian footballers such as Clyde Best, Shaun Goater, and Nahki Wells have largely performed their greatest work on the stage of the English Premier League, perhaps the pros of Brexit are likely to outweigh the cons?

 

 

 

 

 

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