Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

20 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brexit legal challenge gets October High Court hearing

The first of several court cases brought by prominent London legal firms on behalf of Remain clients has resulted in a High Court hearing in October. The focus of the current action and several more yet to be brought is to ensure the British government is unable to trigger Article 50 without parliament’s full authorisation. Should judgement at the High Court hearing go against the plaintiffs, the October hearing date allows time for an appeal to be heard before the expected invoking of Article 50 due on January 1 2017. The October...
18 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Nice refuse to let the atrocity drive them out

Following the devastating terror attack on Bastille Day, British and Irish expat residents are defiantly stating they’re staying put and going nowhere. France’s third terrorist attack during the past 18 months has failed to deter expats from the UK and Ireland from getting on with their lives in the popular Mediterranean seaside resort. Many own hospitality businesses and are determined not to let the atrocity affect their chosen lifestyles. Dubliner Barry Gallagher’s pub sits just one street back from the wide, beachside...
13 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Government opens Brexit expat help webpage whilst France entices bankers

As the UK government launches a webpage aimed at clarifying expats’ Brexit issues, France pledges to offer generous tax and other relocation perks to UK-based banks and financial institutions. Unsurprisingly, the UK government website offers little that isn’t known already to even the least enthusiastic followers of British media reports. In the real world, Spain as well as France is re-jigging its tax laws in an attempt to entice bankers and multinationals to their shores. Spain was the first to announce a review of its...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brexit fears disregarded by Brits still heading for France

In spite of the uncertainty of their future in France, would-be UK expats and those recently arrived are not about to change their minds as regards their preferred country of residence. Whilst expats already living across the Channel are having problems digesting the possible future effects of Brexit, many who’ve already made the decision to leave the UK are sticking to their guns and changing their plans to suit the circumstances. Notwithstanding the fall in sterling, tearing up their long-held dreams is definitely not an option....
7 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in France join together online via new Facebook group

Worried about their futures and angry that no single authority either before or after Brexit has taken their grievances seriously, UK expats in France are now united online at a dedicated Facebook page. Around 2,000 frustrated Brits living in France are now part of the ‘Remain in France Together’ (RIFT), Facebook group, created just as the referendum results were being announced. The founder, Ros Petheric, told the local English language media she’d stayed up all night in despair as it became obvious the Leave campaign had won....
7 Jul at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Spain submit petition for UK parliamentary representation

Businesses, the media and campaigners are uniting in protest following Theresa May’s shocking statement during which she refused to give any guarantees over expat rights within EU member states. May, at present the UK government’s Home Secretary and tipped to become the next PM, was slammed in print and online for her lack of concern for the lives of UK citizens at present in Europe and EU citizens at present in the UK. It’s suspected that the over four million expats in total are destined only to be used as weapons in Brexit...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2016

German and French ministers recommend citizenship for UK expats

Possible solutions to the plight of UK expats living and working in Europe are finally on the political agenda of several EU member states. Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel was the first top-ranking European politician to suggest that his country needs the skills offered by younger British expats already working within German companies. In a Berlin meeting with the Social Democratic Party he suggested that young British nationals living in Italy and France as well as in Germany should be offered dual...
28 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Is citizenship or permanent residency the expat answer to Brexit

Ever since last Thursday’s shocking referendum result, social media has been buzzing with EU-based expat suggestions of how to avoid being forced back to the UK. Prior to the vote, expat media outlets in several EU member states carried reports that long-term British expats were hedging their bets by applying for citizenship of their countries of residency. Now that scary suspicions have been replaced by awful realities, many more are deciding to become French, Spanish or even Bulgarian rather than resume living in the UK....
27 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Postal voting scandal ignites worldwide expat fury

Following a report in the Independent newspaper last Thursday, an increasing number of British expats involved in the postal votes scandal are calling for a second referendum. Expats living in EU member states, the USA, Australia and across the world now have the most to lose due to the Leave campaign’s success in the ballot. The majority of those affected did not receive their postal voting forms after they’d registered, with others receiving them as late as 23 June. Full numbers affected are as yet not known, but the...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2016

British expats overseas denied referendum postal votes through EC incompetence

Giving that the referendum result was a close call, is it possible that international postal chaos and EC inefficiency has been responsible for the Brexit win? British expats across three continents are outraged after losing their chances to vote in the Brexit referendum due to international postal chaos and the uncaring attitude of the UK’s Electoral Commission . Unacceptable delays and administrative errors have caused an as yet unspecified number of Brit expats living overseas to be denied the chance to voice their views....