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Britain is on course to leave the EU at 11pm on 29 March 2019. This will be fol­lowed by a tran­si­tion pe­riod last­ing un­til mid­night on 31 De­cem­ber 2020. In prin­ci­ple, the rights of Bri­tish na­tion­als who are legally res­i­dent in France by this cut-off date will be pro­tected un­der EU law and al­lowed to stay in­def­i­nitely as will their de­pen­dent fam­i­lies. This is sub­ject to a fi­nal deal be­ing struck be­tween the two sides.

As we go to press, both EU and UK ne­go­tia­tors are in­sist­ing there is still time to strike a deal by Oc­to­ber and rat­ify it be­fore the UK leaves the Euro­pean Union next March. How­ever, the two sides have yet to agree how trade will work post-brexit and prepa­ra­tions are be­ing ramped up in the UK for a no-deal sce­nario, in­clud­ing food stock­pil­ing.

MPS on the cross-party Brexit se­lect com­mit­tee have called on France and other EU coun­tries to make a pub­lic com­mit­ment to pro­tect the rights of Bri­tish na­tion­als liv­ing in the bloc in the event of a no-deal Brexit. “What­ever hap­pens with the ne­go­ti­a­tions, we urge all gov­ern­ments to make it clear to all EU cit­i­zens who have made some­where else their home, that they can stay,” said Labour MP and com­mit­tee chair Hi­lary Benn.

The EU has ruled out al­low­ing the UK to col­lect customs du­ties on the bloc’s be­half. Theresa May had pro­posed the strat­egy as a way of en­abling the UK to en­joy both fric­tion­less trade and the free­dom to set its own tar­iffs on goods des­tined purely for the Bri­tish mar­ket. How­ever, the EU’S chief ne­go­tia­tor Michel Barnier re­jected the plan, say­ing the EU wanted “con­trol of its money, law and bor­ders” just like the UK.

Mrs May’s customs plan, ham­mered out at Che­quers, was also deeply un­pop­u­lar with hard­line Euroscep­tics. David Davis re­signed as Brexit Sec­re­tary, say­ing the UK was giv­ing away too much and too eas­ily. Hours later For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son re­signed, say­ing the plans amounted to a “semiBrexit”. Do­minic Raab has been ap­pointed as the new Sec­re­tary of State for Ex­it­ing the Euro­pean Union.

Vote Leave, the of­fi­cial Brexit cam­paign fronted by Boris John­son and Michael Gove, has been fined £61,000 and re­ported to po­lice af­ter the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion found ev­i­dence it had breached its spend­ing lim­its by co­or­di­nat­ing with an­other cam­paign group.

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