French wife set­tled in UK kills her­self over Brexit

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY AMY SHARPE

A FRENCH­WOMAN who had lived in Britain for more than 50 years killed her­self over Brexit fears.

France Davies, 76, was found drowned in a flooded field af­ter a huge po­lice search at night.

A sui­cide ver­dict was given at a Glouces­ter­shire in­quest on Fri­day.

After­wards her Bri­tish hus­band Peter, 74, said: “My EU part­ner of over 48 years died in tragic cir­cum­stances. She had lived here peace­fully, re­spect­fully and legally for more than 50 years.

“The coro­ner recorded that it was sui­cide, cit­ing among other rea­sons her wor­ries about Brexit.”

It is be­lieved to be the first time Brexit has been men­tioned by a coro­ner in an in­quest ver­dict.

Mrs Davies’s body was found about a mile from her Tewkes­bury home nine days be­fore Britain’s orig­i­nal Brexit date of March 29.

The in­quest heard she had “ex­pressed anx­i­ety over cur­rent events” and dis­cussed her fears with her hus­band the day be­fore she died.

The cou­ple, who have a son, Benoit, planned to move to France.

Mrs Davies had a his­tory of de­pres­sion and had also been dis­traught about a pet’s death. She had been treated for pneu­mo­nia and her mo­bil­ity was de­clin­ing.

On March 19 she went to her lo­cal vet’s and was brought home in a dis­tressed state by staff. That night she van­ished, spark­ing a po­lice hunt and she was found in a flooded field in the early hours. A post mortem re­vealed she died from drown­ing.

Se­nior coro­ner Katy Sk­er­rett said: “The day be­fore she died she was still very wor­ried about Brexit and in the evening she went out and trag­i­cally did not re­turn.”

In Fe­bru­ary, a sur­vey by Britain Thinks found that six Bri­tons in 10 be­lieve Brexit un­cer­tainty is dam­ag­ing to men­tal health.

DROWNED France Davies, 76

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