I am a British National and my partner is French

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The United Kingdom left the European Union at midnight on 31 January 2020, after both parties had ratified the Withdrawal Agreement. EU law will continue to apply to the UK until the transition period expires, on 31 December 2020. The transition period guarantees unchanged rules for individuals and companies, to allow for all stakeholders to begin application of the Agreement and to prepare the future relationship between the UK and the EU, which has yet to be negotiated.

For British nationals in France, EU law therefore continues to apply during the transition period. There is however one exception: British nationals are no longer entitled to participate in local elections.

How can I obtain French nationality?

  1. If you live in the UK, you should visit the relevant pages on the site of the French Consulate-General in London(in French).
  2. If you live in France, please visit the relevant web pages from the Ministry of the Interior (in French).

Will I be allowed to move to France?

From 1 February 2020 until 31 December 2020 you will be able to move to France in line with European laws on free movement. You will then be entitled to remain in France until you obtain permanent residency.
More information is available on the
website of the Ministry of the Interior (in French).

Will I be allowed to drive in France with a British licence?

The relevant information is available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

Can’t find the answer to your question? Please consult the Brexit portal of the French Government (in French) or send an email to brexit.due-int at diplomatie.gouv.fr

Updated: 31 January 2020