France takes further steps to prepare for potential no-deal Brexit

Council of Ministers – Bill/various measures on citizens’ rights linked to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union

Paris, 3 July 2019

The Minister for Solidarity and Health, the Minister of the Economy and Finance and the Minister of the Interior presented a bill ratifying Ordinance No. 2019-76 of 6 February 2019 introducing various measures relating to entry, residence, social rights and professional activity, applicable in the event of a lack of agreement on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

The ordinance was adopted on the basis of Articles 1 and 2 of the Act of 19 January 2019 enabling the government to take by ordinance preparatory measures for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union authorizing the government to adopt legal measures to take on board the consequences of a no-deal UK exit from the EU carried out in accordance with Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.

The ordinance includes the necessary legislative measures to resolve the situations of natural and legal persons in the event of a no-deal departure from the EU by the UK, in terms of right of entry and residence, social rights, welfare benefits and conditions for carrying out professional activity.

As regards right of entry and residence, the ordinance adapts a specific system relating to British nationals already legally resident in France on the date of the UK’s withdrawal. For example, it provides for a maximum period of one year to allow those British nationals to obtain residence permits more easily.

In terms of social rights and welfare benefits, the ordinance allows eligibility for Active Solidarity Income to be maintained for a period of one year for British nationals receiving the benefit and resident in France on the date of the UK’s withdrawal. It guarantees continued healthcare provision for British insurance policy-holders resident in France, in the current conditions under European Union law, for a period of two years. The ordinance also specifies the conditions in which periods of insurance or employment in the UK are taken into account in France.

Finally, several measures relate to the conduct in France of professional activity, regulated or not, the conditions of which would be affected by a no-deal UK withdrawal from the EU./.

Council of Ministers – Bill/preparatory measures for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union

Paris, 3 July 2019

The Ministre d’Etat, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and the Minister of Transport, attached to the Ministre d’Etat, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, presented a bill ratifying various ordinances adopted on the basis of Act No. 2019 30 of 19 January 2019 enabling the government to take, by ordinance, preparatory measures for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

The first ordinance introduces various temporary adaptations and derogations necessary for carrying out the emergency work required to restore controls at the border with the UK due to that state’s withdrawal from the EU.

The second ordinance relates to the preparation of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU as regards road passenger and freight transport and Channel Tunnel security.

The third ordinance takes on board the consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU for rail safety in the Channel Tunnel.

Finally, the last ordinance provides for derogations from Article L. 551-2 of the Environmental Code which are necessary for carrying out the emergency work required to restore controls at the border with the UK due to that state’s withdrawal from the EU and amends the ordinance of 6 February 2019 relating to preparatory measures for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU as regards financial services.

All these ordinances provide a legal framework, which is temporary for certain measures, allowing the contingency plans announced by the Prime Minister in January to be implemented. The ordinances allow the most urgent measures to be taken to ensure the continuity of trade with the UK in the event of it leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement./.

Published on 03/07/2019

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