The question Winkworth International has been asking since June is how Brexit will alter this union - and the prospects of our clients?
Although this analysis from The Telegraph attempts a comprehensive prediction, the effect on borders, customs, free movement and trade remains unclear. Even with a British plan in place, there is no guarantee that other EU members will easily accept it; will Britain be made a scapegoat?
However, the complex technical and political barriers to a final outcome do suggest a lengthy period of negotiation - during which time you could buy your French property and be well on your way to French residency (it takes 5 years). After that, it looks like British citizens wishing to live in France will already need to be employed there or able to prove they can finance their stay (this prediction is based on current non-EU member status).
For more brexit-related insights take a look at Winkworth International's French poperty news, or get in touch if you'd like to talk further. Oh, and spare a thought for the poor souls working to meet that christmas deadline...
Officials say that every meeting they attend deepens the sheer, maddening, brain-warping complexity of how to deal with everything from new customs arrangements, rules of origin certification, Northern Ireland’s borders, visas, work permits and the impact on Britain’s devolution settlements, to name but a few. As Mrs May has hinted, that is why negotiations could take longer than two years, particularly if the EU was prepared to negotiate the UK-EU future living arrangements in parallel with the narrow Article 50 talks that cover the UK-EU divorce.