Brexit: Guidance for Foreign Nationals
On 25 November 2018, at an Extraordinary European Council meeting, the Heads of State and Government of the 27 Member States approved an agreement on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. However, for this agreement to enter into force, it still needs to be ratified by both parties: the European Union and the United Kingdom.
The possibility of one of these parties not ratifying the agreement cannot be excluded. This is why the French government is preparing for the eventuality of a “no deal” withdrawal.
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is responsible for the safety of and support for French nationals abroad as well as processing visa requests for foreign nationals wishing to visit France and has set up a Brexit FAQ (in French).
website of the French Government (in French)
What will happen if an agreement cannot be reached?
Draft legislation led by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, aims to enable the government to take essential measures by decree in the event of a “no deal” Brexit. It was presented to the Council of Ministers on 3 October 2018.
These measures may concern the situation of British nationals in France as well as the interests of French nationals: for example, preparing for their possible return to France, taking into account periods of insurance paid and work carried out in the United Kingdom, or recognition of diplomas and professional qualifications acquired or being acquired in the United Kingdom.
In order to best prepare for the possibility of border checks being re-established at the UK border, these measures will help to speed up the development of facilities and infrastructure for ports, railways, airports and road transport.