Here is a letter from the British Embassy in Paris, by Ed Llewellyn, British Ambassador to France
This is our latest newsletter, aiming to update you on the state of Brexit negotiations and then take a slightly broader look at the UK-France relationship. Over the past few weeks the situation has evolved rapidly and a lot of new information aimed at British citizens living in France has been released by the French authorities. I hope this newsletter will provide a useful stock-take on the current situation and help you to understand the actions you need to take.
I know you all must still have a lot of pressing questions: My colleagues and I will continue to hold outreach meetings and engage via social media. On 16 May we will be visiting Limoges and Laval. If you would like to attend the outreach session please sign up here. In the meantime, if you think your area would be suitable for a meeting, please contact the team here with your recommendations.
We also want to make sure we have the best possible understanding of the British community living in France so that we can continue to share concerns with the French authorities, target our information updates and map our future outreach meetings. To help us with this, we would be grateful if you could take just a few minutes to fill out this short survey.
Thank you all for your continued engagement with us.
What to do in the meantime
On 11 April the Prime Minister attended the European Council where she agreed an extension to Article 50 until the end of October. If the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed by both parties before 31 October 2019, this extension will be terminated earlier and the UK will leave the EU on the first day of the following month.
We are very conscious that the extension does not bring certainty on citizens’ rights. So the Embassy intends to use this extension to secure even greater clarity on what a deal or no deal would mean for British nationals living in France.
What to do in the meantime?
You may have seen that earlier this month the French government published a decree explaining how British citizens living in France can apply for a French residency in the event of a no deal Brexit. The Embassy has arranged for an unofficial translation, published here.
European Parliamentary Elections
European Parliamentary elections will be taking place across EU member states between 23-26 May. The Government’s intention remains to leave the EU with a deal before 22 May. But if the Parliament has not ratified the Withdrawal Agreement by 22 May, the UK will be legally obliged to hold the elections.
In the event that the UK participates in the elections, UK nationals who have been out of the country for less than 15 years will be able to vote for candidates standing in the UK. If you are eligible to vote in the UK, please ensure you register here before 7 May. If the UK has not left the EU before European elections are held and you instead registered to vote in France for the European elections before 31 March, you should be able to vote locally. We will continue to share more information in due course.
Find out the latest information on our Living in France Guide, which also includes information on how to access healthcare, get documents legalised, our lists of lawyers, etc.