Expats in France struggle to make sense of May’s deal

Published:  28 Nov at 6 PM
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As Brit expats in France attempt to make sense of May’s deal and calculate its effect on their lives, the French EU minister spells it out.

According to French Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau, Theresa May’s Brexit deal as it stands right now is a good deal which brings bad news both for the UK and the 27 remaining EU member states. Looking ahead, she said this moment in time is just the end of the beginning, adding France will always miss the UK and the UK will, some day, realise it misses the EU. Although a future relationship will have to be built, she believes it can’t be as good as when the UK was the 28th EU member state.

Back in the UK, campaigners for UK expat rights have stated the proposed deal is better than the damaging chaos of crashing out, but a large number are still focused on the possibility of a second referendum putting an end to the entire mess. Free movement to work and live anywhere in the EU is still a major sticking point, with nothing so far indicating it can be protected. Loiseau’s draft no-deal law still mentions protecting the rights of British expats living , working or retiring in France, but she realises she will also need to protect French citizens and their businesses. On the matter of a possible second referendum, she says she has no advice to give Theresa May or the British people, but believes no-one would forbid the British people from changing their minds. It’s not the EU, she said, which threw the UK out, and the door still remains open
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