Ask British expats about Brussels life and some will admit that they don’t feel as if they live in Belgium.
British newspapers are printed here and can be delivered to your door. English is the language of business, while private British and European schools are on hand to educate your kids.
Even BBC television is beamed across Belgium: those really in need of a reminder of home can watch images of London’s standstill traffic on the news and smirk as they hear about Tube delays on the Northern Line.
Then there’s the EU bubble life in Brussels. Frequently, journalists, eurocrats, lobbyists and lawyers socialise in national or pan-national circles without mixing with many Belgians. All in all, it’s easy for the 60,000 Brits here to overlook their host.