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German family buys one-way ticket out of Brexit chaos

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Published on February 22, 2019 - Duration: 01:52s

German family buys one-way ticket out of Brexit chaos

Actor Sonja Morgenstern, a German national who has lived in London since 1996, packed up and moved back to Nuremberg this week in hopes of rediscovering the peace and certainty she lost when Britain voted for Brexit in 2016.

Gracie Jerome reports.

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German family buys one-way ticket out of Brexit chaos

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SONJA MORGENSTERN, WHO IS MOVING TO GERMANY, SAYING: "I've been in London since 1996 and I've felt very at home here but I think with the Brexit referendum it's just thrown up a lot of insecurities.

My name is Sonja Morgenstern and I'm relocating to Germany due to Brexit." Sonja's one of 3.7 million EU citizens living in Britain, many of whom fear chaos when Britain leaves the European Union on March 29.

So much so that she's packing up and leaving after 23 years in London -- and taking her 4-year-old son Milo, who's never known anything else, with her.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SONJA MORGENSTERN, WHO IS MOVING TO GERMANY, SAYING: "There just isn't a plan, there isn't a plan and that doesn't fill me with any confidence, not only in the government but in how the country's run as a whole and you know, I'm a single parent family, you know, the people that are going to feel the first sort of effects on that are people like myself most possibly." She's been an active pro-EU campaigner, but says enough is enough with just four weeks to go until Brexit D-Day.

And she's not the only one making an exit over Brexit -- in a week that's seen a number of Prime Minister Theresa May's own lawmakers quit the party and opposition lawmakers form a breakway group.

If, as expected, May's deal faces another vote in parliament next Wednesday, they'll cast theirs as independents.

Fellow lawmakers are threatening to follow suit if no deal is agreed by the time Britain's due to leave the EU in five weeks.

Many fear a no-deal Brexit would cause border backlogs and shortages of medicine and food.

Sonja was stocking up on tins of tomatoes and spaghetti for that reason when she decided to remain part of the EU after all, back in native Germany.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SONJA MORGENSTERN, WHO IS MOVING TO GERMANY, SAYING: "I feel relieved, I don't know, I feel a sense of peace now, you know because it's hard making decisions I think when you're um-ing and ah-ing and thinking 'oh no what do I do', that can be very hard, and then once you sort of come to a conclusion and you see it through, you know there's a lot of power in that, because I think one of the things with Brexit is it makes people feel so powerless." The Morgenstern family have a one-way ticket to Nuremberg, to take back their EU membership.

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