25 February 2019
French rules and regulations on service provision if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there will be legal, regulatory and administrative implications for UK firms and service providers trading with France.
You will need to comply with both local and EU/EEA-wide rules in the area of cross-border trades.
The French government has Brexit legislation that applies to:
- the movement of people and goods between the 2 countries
- British people living in France
- French people living in the UK who return to France
Find out how these French rules may affect your business on the French government’s Brexit site for business (site in French).
If you are a UK business providing services in France, you will need to follow French regulations about:
- acquiring authorisations or licences to provide a service
- complying with specific local business regulations
- EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors
The French e-Government portal for service providers can help you to:
- find out what you need to know about providing services in France
- understand local regulations
- complete the relevant administrative procedures online
Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in France to help you comply with specific regulations.
There may be regulated sectors in France where EEA nationality requirements could prevent you from providing services.
To find out if these apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority or the French Ministry of Economics, Finance and Industry. Contact the Autorité de la concurrence if you have complaints or queries about anti-competitive practices.
There are also non-governmental organisations that provide advice to UK businesses operating in France, for example, the Franco-British Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
These organisations are not associated with the UK government, and their views are not representative of any government policies.
Business travel and visa requirements for professionals
If you are engaging in professional activity in France you will be subject to visa requirements, depending on:
- your occupation and situation
- whether you are self-employed or an employee
- your business and the length of your stay
Certain professions may have to meet specific conditions and you may be required to show supporting documentation at the border.
- supporting documentation
- work permits
- other conditions
- visas including intra-corporate transfers
When the UK leaves the EU, the rules for travelling in Europe will change - find out about passport requirements after Brexit.
Find out more about the travel entry requirements for France.