UK expats in France not impressed by embassy Brexit videos

Published:  24 Aug at 6 PM
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The British Embassy in Paris is finally attempting to respond to expat criticisms of its Brexit information.

At the same time as releasing a new series of information videos on key Brexit questions, the Brit Embassy in Paris is taking on board criticism that previous communications haven’t addressed the plight of Britons should a no-deal Brexit become inevitable. Previously, the embassy had run a number of outreach meetings in various French regions, during which expats were invited to ask questions about the direction of the negotiations as regards UK expatriate residents. Reports in the English language media have suggested the meetings were poorly attended and the information given was inconclusive.

The latest series of videos include one giving information on the residency rights of UK citizens living permanently in France, with another concerning the two-year transition period beginning at the end of March 2019. However, social media comments on the videos as well as on Facebook discussion group websites are again expressing dissatisfaction at the lack of information on expats’ plights after a no-deal exit. According to a spokesperson for the embassy, the no-deal issue is to be addressed in a future video, adding it seems to already be well-covered in the international and British press.

Again according to the spokesperson, the videos are aimed at giving basic level information to expats unable to attend the outreach events, with many UK citizens still asking for more details about applying for a carte de sejour. The embassy is now waiting to examine the no-deal contingency plans announced yesterday, and another outreach meeting is due to be held in Perpignan on 5th September. In the meantime, an increasing number of Brits in France are angry about the government’s recent release promising EU expats rights will be respected in full even if there’s no final deal.
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