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What's the big deal? Part 2: What do we know so far about how the Withdrawal Agreement will work in France?

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In the last article we looked at what the draft Withdrawal Agreement (WA) means for our ongoing rights as British citizens in Europe; in this one we home in on what we already know of how it would affect us in France.

This is, you'll notice a slightly shorter article. That's because we don't actually know very much yet! Like most of the other EU27 countries, the French Ministry of the Interior has, up until now, been focusing on procedures for implementing a no deal scenario and little focus has yet been given to how a Withdrawal Agreement would be implemented or what we would have to do to receive new residence cards under it. All the indications are that they won't begin that process until the UK government has voted the Withdrawal Agreement through.

We're in regular touch with the officials who head up the relevant team at the Ministry, and we also have regular calls with the citizens' rights team at the British Embassy in Paris, so you can rest assured that…

What's the big deal? Part 1: what does the draft Withdrawal Agreement mean for us?

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As I write this, opinion polls are strongly suggesting that there will be a Conservative majority in the upcoming election. If that happens, Boris Johnson will bring his Withdrawal Agreement back to Parliament before Christmas. Because he'd have a majority it's pretty sure to be ratified, which means that in this situation the UK will almost certainly leave the EU on (or even before) 31 January 2020.

That's bad news and less bad news for us. The bad: the UK would leave the EU, there would be no second referendum, and we would lose our EU citizenship on Brexit day. The less bad news: the Withdrawal Agreement does a much better job of protecting our rights than France's no deal ordonnance and decree.

At France Rights and British in Europe we've been working flat out on no deal issues for well over a year now, and almost all the info and news we've put out during that time has been about the no deal scenario. So it's very likely that you - like us! - have lost…

The December election Part 2: voting tactically to secure a remainer majority and safeguard our rights

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You don't need us to tell you that the election on 12 December really is the Big One: our future rights, as British citizens who've exercised our free movement rights to live in France, depend on its outcome. It doesn't come more critical than that. So in the two articles in this series we've gathered together everything that you need to know about whether you can vote, how to vote, and how to decide who to vote for.

The first article covered the practicals to do with voting - how to register, how to vote, how to become involved even if you can't vote and so on.

In this second article we look at what the different outcomes of the election could mean for our future rights and how best to use that information to make an informed choice about who to vote for in your constituency.




What might the different outcomes mean for our future rights?Conservative majority
Many of the moderates have stood down, which means the party's makeup will have changed and its MPs will …

The December election Part 1: the nuts and bolts of registration and voting for Brits in France

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You don't need us to tell you that the election on 12 December really is the Big One: our future rights, as British citizens who've exercised our free movement rights to live in France, depend on its outcome. It doesn't come more critical than that. So in the two articles in this series we've gathered together everything that you need to know about whether you can vote, how to vote, and how to decide who to vote for.

In this first article we cover the practicals to do with voting - how to register, how to vote, how to become involved even if you can't vote and so on. A second article will look at what the different outcomes of the election could mean for our future rights and how best to use that information to make an informed choice about who to vote for in your constituency.




Can I vote? As a UK citizen resident abroad, you can register online to vote in UK parliamentary elections if you meet all three of these conditions:

you are 18 years of age or over;you left …