Emmanuel Macron to introduce visas for UK tourists in event of no-deal Brexit

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The French government has announced plans to introduce visas for UK nationals visiting the country 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 on Wednesday.

The bill states that if the UK crashes out of 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.

Concerns have been raised about the rights of UK nationals living in France, as it’s been suggested that it will be dependent on the rights of French nationals living in the UK.

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 does agree a trade deal with the EU, then these contingency plans could be put to bed.

Theresa May is currently at an EU summit in Brussels to meet with various EU leaders to progress the Brexit negiotiations.

Mr Macron, who held separate talks with Mrs May ahead of the three-hour dinner on Wednesday evening, said it was time to "accelerate" talks.