January Brexit: what Britons in France need to know

The UK is on course to leave the EU with the negotiated deal at midnight on January 31 – bringing mixed feelings for many Britons in France. The Conservative election win ended hopes of another referendum or Brexit cancellation but brings some certainty, say campaigners for Britons abroad.

The Conservative election win ended hopes of another referendum or Brexit cancellation but brings some certainty, say campaigners for Britons abroad.

The ‘deal’ includes a range of rights giving protection to Britons living in the EU (see below) – and these will hold even if no UK-EU future trade agreement is reached during the 11-month transition period which begins on February 1.

During the transition time little should change. Britons living in France must get a carte de séjour but officially have until six months after the end of the transition period to apply ie. the end of June 2021 if this is not extended.

In practice, it would be advisable to apply as soon as ...

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