No deal Brexit to make Brits in France illegal immigrants

Published:  29 Oct at 6 PM
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France’s EU minister is warning a no-deal Brexit will make UK expatriates in the country illegal immigrants overnight.

French European Affairs minister Nathalie Loiseau is warning that, should a no-deal Brexit become an unpleasant reality, all British expats living, working or retiring in France will become illegal immigrants overnight. Although the minister considers Britain’s crashing out of the European Union is ‘unlikely’, she’d made it quite clear the fears of the hundreds of thousands of Britons who’ve made France their home are well-founded. Loiseau continued that British trucks will be banned from France and Eurostar train drivers would not be allowed to work after reaching the French side of the Channel Tunnel.

Loiseau, along with an increasing number of Brits and businesses in the UK as well as British expats scattered all across Europe, believes Brexit is a lose-lose situation due to the Irish border dilemma, adding that the people of Europe are now in disconnection with European institutions’ decisions. In the meantime, common sense may well be prevailing after a meeting in Brussels last Friday between Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Michel Barnier. Khan urged Barnier to extend article 50 in order to allow a second referendum to be held or, at least, a new UK government formed in order to ‘reset’ the negotiations.

According to the London Mayor, Barnier was willing to listen to his concerns over the state of the negotiations. He praised the EU’s goodwill and generosity as regards understanding the differing views on Brexit being put forward in the UK after revelations of Brexit's harm to the British economy and Britons themselves began to hit home. At the same time, members of the House of Lords called for a second Brexit vote during a debate on the issue held Friday.
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