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Moving to France After Brexit

Now that Britain has voted to leave the EU, many Brits will be wondering what this means for their plans to move to France after Brexit. Whether you are looking to build a new life in France, head there for retirement or start a family, the Brexit situation is likely to make you uncertain as to your future plans.

Anglo French Euro Removals have helped thousands of people move to and from France over the last 30 years. With so much confusing information, this guide is designed to give some clarity if you are looking to live in France post-Brexit.

UK Government Advice

Before speculating as to what might happen, it’s important to listen to what the UK government currently has to say on moving to France and Brexit.

Living in France Before and During the Implementation Period

An implementation period has been agreed as part of the Withdrawal Agreement. This has been agreed by EU leaders and the cabinet, but still needs to be agreed by parliament.

Providing this deal is agreed by parliament, the UK government state:

  • While the UK remains in the EU, there will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in France.
  • UK nationals currently living in France should register as a resident in France.
  • Free movement rights for UK nationals will continue to apply between 29 March 2019 and 31 December 2020. This means you will be able to live in France during this transition period.
  • If you are a legal resident of France by 31 December 2020, you will be able to continue living in France, broadly having the same rights as a legal resident of France as before that date.

Moving to France After 29 March 2019

The Withdrawal Agreement states that 29 March 2019 is the beginning of the Brexit implementation period, which lasts until 31 December 2020. The government states:

  • During this time you are able to move to France.
  • You will have until at least June 2021 to make an application for French residency status by getting a carte de séjour.

Moving to France After 31 December 2020

As moving to France after 31 December 2020 is not covered in the Withdrawl Agreement, this will depend on the outcome of future negotiations between the UK and France. For now, nothing is set in stone.

What Happens if There is No Deal?

Although the Withdrawal Agreement, or Brexit deal, has been agreed by EU leaders and by the cabinet, parliament now has to approve the agreement.

If there is no deal, there will be no transition period and Britain will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. This will mean the UK and EU countries would have to act immediately to the UK leaving the EU.

This would cause great uncertainty with regard to immigration. The UK and the EU would be free to set their own immigration controls for UK and EU nationals. This could cause chaos and delays at borders as governments scramble to deal with the legal status of UK and EU nationals entering and exiting countries.

In the event of a no deal scenario, the UK and France would have to quickly sort out whether UK nationals could move to France. The outcome of this is hard to predict, but both governments are broadly against causing disruption that would make it difficult for citizens to move between the UK and France.

Next Steps for Moving to France and Brexit

Many travel pundits and commentators are suggesting that, if possible, UK nationals should look to move to France before 29 March 2019, as this is the date where everything could change.

If you decide to move before then, you will be subject to the same laws and rights concerning moving to France as you are now.

Whatever date you move to France, it is wise to follow official UK government advice to register as a resident in France. This gives you formal residency status should anything unexpected happen as part of the Brexit negotiations, and will guarantee your status as a resident of France in the eyes of the French government.

Do You Need Help Moving to France?

Whether you are planning to move to France before, during or after the Brexit transition period, Anglo French Euro Removals are able to help you move with ease.

We have over 30 years experience in helping people move between the UK and France, covering the whole of France and mainland UK. Whether you are looking for a full removal or part removal to France, we’ve got you covered. We even offer a full packing service should you want us to pack your items on the day.

So if you’re looking for an efficient, simple and easy removal company to help you move to France, simply submit an enquiry at the bottom of the page, contact us, or give us a call on 01622 690653.

More Information on Brexit and Living in France

For more information, please see the below UK government resources on moving to France and Brexit:

DISCLAIMER: This article should not be regarded as constituting legal advice in relation to moving to France, Brexit or the particular circumstances of individuals, and is merely a general comment on a topic relevant to Anglo French Euro Removals. No action should be taken on its contents.

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Dear Anglo French Team,

Many thanks to all of you form me and my family which thanks to Nuno and Co are nicely settling in France and despite the stress related to moving a household with young kids, an office and a mother of a lathe it was all made that little bit easier due to you. Many thanks again!

I wish you and the people around you a joyous and lovely Christmas break and all the best for the year ahead of us!

Nikolay, London

Dear Mark

I am writing to say thank you so much for the smooth moving process.  From beginning to end you could not have done better.  I'd like to put in a complimentary word for the three guys who you sent to load and unload.  Service without servility is always the perfect combination.  They were all extremely convivial whilst getting on at the same time, meticulously careful with the items being transported and cheery without being "goonish".

Your original quote was handled most efficiently by Jasmine from initlal enquiry through to date setting, payment etc and the quote itself was highly competitive.  Your own communication skills were faultless and I felt like I knew exactly what was going on at any one time.  

I, quite frankly, cannot fault the service provided, you could not have done better and I am very happy with the price too.

Well done to all the team!

Best wishes for all your future projects.

Di Miller, Kent

Good Evening

I would just like to let you know how delighted I have been with Jay and his not so little helper on Wednesday 25/26th Feb and again this Morning.

I was impressed with their work ethic and attitude.  They were polite and helpful and, boy can they pack a van!!

They are a credit to your company and good ambassadors too.

I would recommend Anglo French to any of my friends still out in France/Spain as you completed the task very professionally and efficiently.

Thank you, once again,


Anne Saville, Cornwall