Buy­ing be­fore Brexit

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The dis­cus­sions sur­round­ing Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tion guide­lines could be viewed as an im­pe­tus for those think­ing of in­vest­ing in a prop­erty in France, en­cour­ag­ing them to buy now rather than later if they want to se­cure a sta­ble fu­ture in the coun­try.

The mes­sage put for­ward by the EU as it out­lined its ne­go­ti­at­ing po­si­tion ahead of Brexit talks that started on 19 June was that, if you are liv­ing in France be­fore the UK leaves the Euro­pean Union in March 2019, then your right to live there per­ma­nently will be pro­tected.

In its di­rec­tive, the EU says that safe­guard­ing cit­i­zens’ rights has al­ways been high on its agenda, so long as there is a re­cip­ro­cal guar­an­tee for the rights of EU cit­i­zens that are liv­ing in the UK. “We have said con­sis­tently that re­solv­ing the sta­tus of EU cit­i­zens liv­ing in the UK and UK na­tion­als liv­ing in other Mem­ber States is our first pri­or­ity,” com­mented one Brexit spokesper­son.

In the EU’s man­date it states that cit­i­zens’ sta­tus and rights un­der­pinned by EU law at the time of the UK with­draw­ing from the EU, which is planned for March 2019, should be se­cured. The right to pen­sions, health­care and ac­quir­ing per­ma­nent res­i­dence for cit­i­zens in their adopted coun­try are all high­lighted as key con­cerns. The EU wants all ba­sic rights en­joyed by EU cit­i­zens in the UK and Bri­tish na­tion­als in the EU to be pro­tected for the fore­see­able fu­ture as long as both have ar­rived in their adopted homes be­fore the UK leaves the EU by the end of March 2019.

In the Euro­pean Coun­cil guide­lines, where the EU out­lined its po­si­tion, it stated that cit­i­zens’ rights is a pri­or­ity “be­cause of the num­ber of peo­ple af­fected” by the UK’s de­ci­sion to leave the Union.

Of course no one can say for def­i­nite what will hap­pen un­til an exit deal has been agreed. How­ever, the EU’s an­nounce­ment of its in­ten­tion to safe­guard UK cit­i­zens’ rights is en­cour­ag­ing news for Brits liv­ing in France, re­as­sur­ing them that their fu­ture in the coun­try will be se­cured if Brexit talks go to plan.

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