Post-Brexit carte system 'will be easy', France says

Readers Paul and Di Roberts are concerned about establishing French residency by the time the transition period ends

December 31, 2020, date appears 'fixed' after UK says it will not extend the transition period further - but Britons in France fear they will be unable to establish residency 

The UK has said it will refuse any request to extend the Brexit transition period beyond December 31 even if the EU wants that to happen.

This means that – as it stands – the UK will fully leave the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union by January 1, 2021.

This is also the cut-off for Britons to have established French residency to benefit from the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement (WA) deal and obtain a new residents’ card.

The WA came into force after the UK left the EU on January 31, and one of its sections allowed for the current transition period.

During this year, the UK temporarily keeps most of the benefits of EU membership and Britons can still move over and establish the right to maintain many rights of an EU citizen, with limited exceptions such as voting or standing in French local elections. 

Britons wanting to stay long term in France and benefit from the WA will have to apply for new “Brexit deal” residency cards. A new French website is due to open for applications in July.

The final cut-off to apply will be six months after the transition ...

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