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Hi there, whilst you cannot force them to change the terms of the new contract it does mean that if you refuse to abide by their request the only way for them to change your status is by dismissing you. If they do so then you could consider making an unfair dismissal claim in the employment tribunal for compensation of loss of earnings and potentially redundancy pay if they have not paid you any.
You could use the threat of this as a negotiating tool to try an reach an agreement but if that is not possible then the above may be the only way this matters gets ‘resolved’ so to speak.
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Hello it would depend on what they used as a reason to dismiss. The refusal to return itself will unlikely be fair. If they had legal grounds to request your return such as not legally being able to employ someone based abroad then it can be justified but as mentioned they are not legally prevented from doing this so it would appear to be a personal preference more than anything