PM convenes government meeting on Brexit
European Union – United Kingdom/Brexit – Working meeting on the implications of Brexit – Press communiqué issued by the Prime Minister’s Office
Paris, 27 August 2018
The Prime Minister convened a meeting of members of the government today to take stock of the country’s preparation for the consequences of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, which will come into effect on 30 March 2019.
Like its European partners, and at the European Commission’s invitation, France is preparing adaptation measures which will be necessary to cope with this new situation.
The government continues to work on the assumption that the ongoing negotiations on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal agreement will have a positive outcome. Adaptation measures will be necessary even in this scenario.
In the event of the United Kingdom leaving with no withdrawal agreement, which France does not wish to see, the Prime Minister has tasked ministers with preparing any contingency measures necessary in their sphere of competence to ease difficulties linked to this unprecedented challenge.
In the next few weeks the government will present an enabling bill to authorize it to adopt some of these measures through regulations, in order, for example, to make it easier for British nationals already in France to stay there and ensure that border controls are as smooth as possible once the United Kingdom has become a European Union third country./.