The French government has revealed that it could introduce visas for British nationals visiting France in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Emmanual Macron’s government made the announcement through the release of a no-deal Brexit bill published earlier this week.
The bill states that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal with the remaining 27 countries then France would treat Britain like any other non-EU country.
In turn this would result in British tourists having to require a visa before visiting France, whilst British products would face more scrutiny through border checks and more thorough health inspections for animals.
This announcement has further raised concerns about the rights of UK nationals already living in France. It is believed that British expats living in France may have to apply for a residency permit to remain in the country legally, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
However, if the UK can agree a trade deal with the EU prior to leaving, then it is likely these plans will not come to fruition.
British PM Theresa May has been at an EU summit in Brussels this week to meet with various EU leaders in an effort to progress Brexit negotiations.
President Macron held separate talks with PM May, during which he said it was time to “accelerate” talks.
Article published 19th October 2018