Theresa May said that she is in favor of the preservation of expatriates’ rights provided that an agreement on “reciprocal rights” is reached.
In fact, it is highly likely that the British Government will impose work permit restrictions. In that case, and as the principle of reciprocity will apply, British citizens will need a visa to work in France.
The future of expatriates will most certainly be used as a bargaining chip during the withdrawal negotiations and chances are high that what happens to them will be decided at the last minute, in 2019, when UK’s withdrawal from the European Union will become effective.
Let us hope, at least, that our leaders will work out efficient agreements to impair as little as possible the free movement of people between the United Kingdom and France, in particular with respect to business immigration.
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