France Announces A Visa System For The UK

Author:Giambrone Law ILP
Profession:Giambrone & Partners

The French have taken a consistently hard line with the UK over Brexit and today Mr. Macron confirmed that France would impose a visa system on the British who wished to travel to France if the UK leaves the EU with no deal or any special arrangements in place. A draft law has been put before the French Senate seeking to give the country's government considerable powers of decree to deal with the problems arising from a no-deal Brexit.

The draft sets out that British nationals, who currently have the right of free movement, would require a visa to enter France and would have to justify a residence permit to stay in France and would also require a work permit to work in France. It is also possible that British nationals' qualifications may not be recognised and will not be able to avail themselves of social benefits. Further impact on import/export trade could be that the licences that the lorry drivers hold may not be valid and there would be controls on the good and people.

The provisions of the draft are currently being considered in the French upper house, however many of the issues under...

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