BCC to hold two Brexit themed meetings in Bergerac and Perigueux

Published:  6 Nov at 6 PM
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Talks on the progress of the Brexit negotiations and the referendum’s possible effects on UK expats living and working in France are due to be held in the south-west region later this week.

A UK expat-aimed meeting organised by the British Community Committee in France (BCC) is due to be held November 8th in Bergerac, with another due on the 9th in Perigeux. Chairman of the BCC Christopher Chantry will lead the meetings with an explanation of the present state of the negotiations and the necessity for expats to work together to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

The Bergerac meeting will take place at the Hotel Vero, located off the airport roundabout on the N21 route into town, with the Perigueux meeting taking place at Brasserie 7 on the N6089 roundabout close by motorway junction 16. The second meeting was called due to strong initial interest in the first by expats who couldn’t make it to Bergerac as well as from those who felt they needed a follow-up to Aprli’s Perigueux meeting.

BCC’s representative in France’s south-western regions Clare Godfrey, also involved in organising the two meetings, told The Connection newspaper Chantry is one of the few with a comprehensive grasp of Brexit’s full details, consequences and elements to date. She added her local expertise would also be helpful in having expats fully understand the exact state of the negotiations.

Godfrey also gave an interesting summary of the importance of UK expats and tourists to the local French economy. As a rough estimate, she said, the airports at Bordeaux, Poitiers, Tours, Limoges and Bergerac account for a million British passengers every year. An economics-based study in 2012, she continued, revealed each visitor to Bergerac spent an average of €900 per visit. Should a no-deal Brexit be the final result, flights to the region will end on April 2019 with no idea as to when they will recommence nor how many British passengers they will carry under the new immigration rules.

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