We are keen to hear your accounts of how the uncertainty around Brexit and the possibility of a no-deal or the loss of freedom of movement and other rights is impacting your life in France.
It is terrible sitting here in limbo waiting to hear our fate, writes Leon Durbridge who lives with his wife in La Creuse department of central France.
If we had to return to Britain, in the case of all the above happening, then the British government would not only have to pay the full amount of our medical costs, but also have to pay rent and rate subsidies to us, as we certainly could not afford to buy a house in Britain and being in our mid seventies would not get a mortgage.
We would obviously have to sell our house in France, but given the current market, goodness knows how long that would take.
Where we choose to retire and live our lives is none of their business. We came to France on the understanding that as EU citizens we could live here without penalties being applied by Britain. BRITAIN HAS NO RIGHT TO CHANGE THAT!
And what about those who have been planning to move to France for years?
Paul Roberts a British citizen with plans to move to France writes: Why has this UK government decided, seemingly autonomously, to destroy the entire foundations of its own stability and that of millions of its own people?
My wife and I have spent the past twelve years in preparation for (imminent) retirement to France. We purchased a small medieval property (using a French mortgage) adopted a French/Catalan way of life, made many friends and plans. Then came Brexit.
Due to work in the UK we have not been ‘resident’ in France throughout the 12 years; our house being regarded as our holiday home. This, seemingly, precludes us from applying for French citizenship or residency status despite having paid for domestic services (electricity, water, etc.) and taxes (d'habitation, fonciere, etc.) throughout.
It could be that we become persona-non-grata in France. We may be considered illegal immigrants. We may be thrown out.
Our only desire is to retire, to live in and die, in our chosen European location; something that was, until now, perfectly possible. Our plans are now, at best, precarious and quite possibly ruined.
Neither of us wish to remain in whatever remains of the UK.
How is the uncertainty around Brexit and the prospect of a no deal impacting your life in France? We are keen to publish your accounts and thoughts. Please email Ben McPartland at [email protected].