France prepares contigency plans for hard Brexit deal

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Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has asked ministers to discuss plans ahead of a possible exit of Britain from the European Union without mutual agreement terms, and to prepare measures necessary to mitigate difficulties 'linked with this unprecedented challenge', including facilitating the stay of British citizens currently living in France and ensuring smooth border controls.

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French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on Monday asked his ministers to prepare contingency measures in case of a no-deal Brexit, reports Reuters.

France hopes Britain will reach a deal with its European Union partners on its exit from the bloc but needs to be ready if not, Philippe’s office said in a statement.

In a government meeting convened to discuss this, Philippe “tasked ministers to prepare contingency measures that would be necessary [...] to mitigate the difficulties linked with this unprecedented challenge”, it said.

Measures would include facilitating the stay of British citizens currently living in France and ensuring smooth border controls, the statement said.

The government will ask parliament in the coming weeks to allow it to adopt them by decree.

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