Plan for UK nationals in French civil service to be protected from no-deal Brexit

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Plan for UK nationals in French civil service to be protected from no-deal Brexit

With political instability in London, MP Alexandre Holroyd said no-deal measures were ‘more justified than ever.’

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12/5/18, 6:41 PM CET

Updated 12/5/18, 7:16 PM CET

More than 1,700 U.K. nationals working in France’s civil service will maintain their work “status” in the case of a no-deal Brexit under a draft legislative proposal adopted by the French parliament’s special Brexit committee.

Alexandre Holroyd, a member of the committee and rapporteur for the government’s no-deal measures, said he believed the “approximately 1,715” British civil servants working mostly in the education and health departments, “must be maintained in the same status and work conditions,” after the U.K. leaves the EU in March 29 next year.

The proposal, supported by a large majority of political parties, is “the most human solution and the most compatible with the services that these civil servants have given to the French state,” Holroyd said. He added that similar solutions had been proposed by the European Commission and Germany.

French MPs on the committee on Wednesday approved fast-track legislation that will allow the French government to mitigate the worst consequences of a no-deal Brexit. The measures, which have already been reviewed by the senate, will introduce a so-called law by ordinance legislative procedure that enables them to move to an accelerated parliamentary vote without debate.

France has recently stepped up its work on no-deal measures. With more than 100 of Theresa May’s own MPs saying they will vote against the government, it appears increasingly likely that the withdrawal deal agreed between the U.K.

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