Like everything involving Brexit, there's still a lot of confusion and uncertainty over how it will impact Britons in France with a UK driving licence or even any British person wanting to drive here, especially if there's no deal after March 29th. Recently, there have been reports from anxious Brits about the long delays to get a French driving licence and even fears of having to sit a new driving test if Britain spirals out of the EU without a deal. With the Brexit deadline approaching, the French authorities dealing with UK permit exchanges have been flooded with applications, receiving up to 300 requests a day, a government spokesperson told The Local. Around 4,000 requests from UK nationals are currently being processed, which is why many will have to wait months before they get their new licence. The latest average waiting times are between six and 10 months. "There has been a rush of applications in the last few weeks because of … [Read more...] about ‘300 applications a day’: The latest news on how to get a French driving licence
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Holidaymakers planning trips to some of the most popular parts of Europe have been told to renew their passports if they are valid for less than a year. While the Brexit plans are up in the air, government advice is to ensure you have at least six months on your passport to travel to areas in the Shengen area, which includes popular skiing countries of Austria, France, Italy and Norway, where millions of Brits are heading to for half-term and Easter breaks. If the UK fails to secure a deal by the Brexit date of March 29, you will need at least six months on your passport to travel to these countries: List of countries affected The new rules will apply for travel to and between countries in the Schengen area. Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Advice set out by the government recommends that … [Read more...] about Millions will need to renew passports in case of a no-deal Brexit
BRITS applying for Universal Credit have been told they have to cough up £34 for a driving licence before they can get access to cash. MP Dan Carden said he'd heard of constituents being made to buy a form of ID before they can get access to benefits. Mr Carden, the MP for Liverpool Walton, said in a letter to Amber Rudd: "I have now been informed that job centres across Liverpool are advancing payments to my constituents to obtain provisional driving licences for the purposes of identification and then deducting the cost from their benefits." He said people in his area were being made to pay the postage and passport photos too - just to get a form of ID. And it could mean there's an even longer wait for benefits too, as the DVLA said there was a five week wait. It already takes five weeks to get the first payment through on Universal Credit, meaning struggling Brits could be wrongly told they have to wait TEN weeks to get help. Mr Carden urged the DWP Secretary to halt the … [Read more...] about Brits applying for Universal Credit ‘told they have to fork out £34 to get a driving licence first’
Should Brits in France be happy with the deal? Many Brits in France felt divided emotions after the news that a deal had finally been reached between London and Brussels and had passed the first hurdle (if only just) of getting through Theresa May's divided cabinet. On the one hand, there is a deal that guarantees most of the rights they have already in France, most importantly the right to stay and work and the right for retirees to have their healthcare covered and their pensions uprated (see link below for more details). READ ALSO: A recap of what Theresa May's Brexit deal means for Brits in France When faced against the prospect of a no-deal which would see all those rights thrown up in the air then it's clearly a weight off many people's shoulders. The prospect of a deal will at least allow people to look ahead and plan and gives until the end of the transition period in December 2020 for Brits hoping to moving to France to do so freely. But on the other hand some rights … [Read more...] about Q&A on Brexit deal: Do I still need to get my carte de sejour?
I wasn’t expecting the queen at my wedding. But there she was. Looking down on my partner and I in near life-sized proportions as we said our vows. We’d traveled 10 hours by bus, crossed a rain-swept airport by foot and seemingly entered a different world to get married. Or so it felt when we crossed into Gibraltar, a curious British wonderland in the south of Spain. The amount of paperwork involved when getting married in Spain is Monty Pythonesque in its scale So long tortillas and 11pm dinners, hello fish and chips and PG Tips tea. In one long walk we’d gone from the old-school Spanish bars in La Línea de la Concepción, with napkins thrown on the floor, cigarette vending machines and cranky barmen, to the red telephone booths and freshly baked scones of Gibraltar. For my Spanish partner, the contrast was particularly surprising. So, why then did we – two people (one Australian, one Spaniard) who have zero relationship to England – decide … [Read more...] about Why I decided to get married in Gibraltar