Keyword: Brexit

France prepares contigency plans for hard Brexit deal

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.

UK manufacturing output slips behind France

Recent data shows the UK’s manufacturing sector being starved of investment funds and losing momentum as uncertainty persists surrounding the the UK’s relationship with the EU from next year.

Fury over move to cut French ports from post-Brexit trade route

President of region that includes Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk, urged EU to review decision to ship goods via Belgium and Netherlands instead.

May and Macron hold 'informal' Brexit talks in France

Private dinner took place between France's president and his wife, Brigitte, and May and her husband, Philip, at the 13th-century Fort Brégançon.

Britain appeals to France, Germany to help avoid 'no deal' Brexit

British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who visited Paris on Tuesday, has called on France and Germany to put pressure on European Union negotiators in Brexit talks to respond more positively to the UK's propositions for a deal and to avoid what he has said is otherwise 'the real chance' of his country leaving the EU next year without one.

Paris Eurostar hub to be rebuilt for post-Brexit border control delays

The French railways operator SNCF has unveiled plans to renovate its Gare du Nord station in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics, including changes to the Eurostar terminal in order to meet what it described as “the challenges of reinforced border controls due to Brexit”.

The 'message' behind Macron's loan of the Bayeux Tapestry to Britain

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A section of the Bayeux Tapestry depicting Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, wielding a club and encouraging the troops of William, Duke of Normandy during the Battle of Hastings. A section of the Bayeux Tapestry depicting Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, wielding a club and encouraging the troops of William, Duke of Normandy during the Battle of Hastings.

During Emmanuel Macron’s first official visit to Britain last Thursday, when Brexit, defence cooperation and immigration policies topped the agenda, the French president also announced the loan to Britain of the famous Bayeux Tapestry, the nearly 70-metre long, 11th-century embroidered cloth of images and commentary that recounts the 1066 Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Amid the many interpretations of Macron’s move, from simple goodwill gesture to tongue-in-cheek reminder of Britain’s continental roots, Joseph Confavreux turned to French university lecturer in mediaeval history Julien Théry for his analysis.

Macron says UK might obtain unique deal with EU

The UK could have "deeper relations" with the EU than other countries after it leaves the bloc, with a deal somewhere between access to the single market and a trade agreement, said French President Emmanuel Macron in an interview with the BBC to be broadcast on Sunday.

France eyes hosting banks post-Brexit after Paris wins watchdog move

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said the decision to relocate the European Banking Authority from London to Paris, in preparation of Brexit, sent exactly the sort of signal that big banks such as Goldman and Morgan Stanley were waiting for.

French banks say they will create 1,000 jobs in Paris after Brexit

Top French banks have said that after Britain's departure from the European Union a total of 1,000 jobs will be created by moving part of their current operations in London to Paris.

City of London envoy to EU says France wants 'disruptive' Brexit

The City of London's envoy to the EU, Jeremy Browne, has said French the authorities were seeking "the weakening of Britain, the ongoing degradation of the City" and "are in favour of the hardest Brexit" in a leaked memorandum written after he attended talks with various French authorities earlier this month.

City of London envoy to EU says France wants 'disruptive' Brexit

The City of London's envoy to the EU, Jeremy Browne, has said French the authorities were seeking "the weakening of Britain, the ongoing degradation of the City" and "are in favour of the hardest Brexit" in a leaked memorandum written after he attended talks with various French authorities earlier this month.

Brexit repeal bill turns back 'on a system of laws that influenced and became the fabric' of UK society

By Hélaine Lefrançois

The British parliament was on Thursday presented with the bill of law that aims to transfer European Union (EU) law into British law at the moment of the country’s exit from the EU in two years time. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, more widely known as the “repeal bill”, is necessary to avoid a black hole in legislation on the day after Britain leaves the union, but will allow the British parliament to subsequently remove any number of the EU laws adopted into national legislation. For an explanation of the complexity of the task, Mediapart’s UK correspondent Hélaine Lefrançois spoke to lawyer Robert Bell, specialised in EU and British competition laws with the London law firm Bryan Cave who says that, beyond the proposed legislation, “I just do not see how Brexit can be negotiated in two years”.

France to propose new measures to lure City banks to Paris

Move to boost appeal of Paris as destination for finance comes 10 days before the Bank of England deadline for UK firms to outline Brexit plans.

Macron tells May still chance 'to reopen the door' with EU

At a press conference following the meeting in Paris on Tuesday evening between French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the French head of state, who has previously warned May that a tough deal awaits Britain's referendum decision to leave the EU, said of the so-called Brexit negotiations that until they come to an end 'there is always a chance to reopen the door'.