Brexit Alert – Extension of the Deadline

On October 28th 2019, the European Union officially accepted the request from Prime Minister Boris Johnson for an extension of the deadline of Brexit until January 31st 2020. This extension is a flexible extension (a “flextension”) in that Brexit could also be enacted sooner, such as November 30th 2019 or December 31st 2019, if the British Parliament enacts all Brexit-related legislation and officially votes for Brexit during those months.

What does this mean for British nationals in France?

The first thing to note is that Brexit will no longer occur on October 31st,  and the UK is still currently part of the EU and British nationals are still to be treated as EU nationals by the respective administrations, such as the French Prefectures. Furthermore, this makes it less and less likely that there will be a No Deal, “Hard” Brexit. In case there is a “Soft” Brexit with a deal, then the deadlines for registration are greatly relaxed. The current plan in place states that if there is a Brexit with a deal, then the rule is that any British national in France before December 31, 2020 can qualify to stay in France and must register their presence in the 6 months that follow that date. These dates are all, of course, subject to change. 

In the meantime, we are encouraging all British nationals currently residing in France to be sure that they have adequate health coverage in France. Holding the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not sufficient for the purposes of eventually obtaining a residency permit in France, and so we encourage British nationals to take advantage of this delay and sign up for the French public health insurance called CPAM.

For more information, see https://brexit.gouv.fr/sites/brexit/accueil/vous-etes-britannique/droit-au-sejour.html

– Daniel Tostado

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