Brexit fears disregarded by Brits still heading for France

Published:  11 Jul at 6 PM
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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.

One recent expat, Jane Clark, recently made the move to Finestere with her partner after she’d bought her dream house. They’d saved and planned for their French property for 20 years and love the country, saying they’re not about to allow the referendum to spoil their future. They’ll use the house as a holiday home for around nine years, then retire permanently to France.

As regards freedom of movement, they’re willing to take the chance, saying that one American and one Australian expat living in the same village simply apply to stay on an annual basis without problems. They don’t have access to free French healthcare, Jane adds, but they seem to get by.

Briton Paul Broom and his partner moved to an already-purchased home in Charente just this week. Healthcare, he says, is an uncertain aspect of their new lives and currency fluctuations aren’t the best news ever, but unpacking and arranging the house as well as taking a swim in the new pool and gazing at the view all mean we made the right decision.

A change rather than cancellation of plans to become expats in France is Brexit’s effect on George White. Selling the UK house and buying a large property in the southern French town of Bedoin was the initial idea, as they’d already got a small holiday home in the area. Aware that the present exchange rate will affect the selling price of their UK home, they’re preparing to rent it out and live in their small holiday villa, hoping they’ll be there long enough to get residency.
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