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The regulated professions

With the ratification of the withdrawal agreement, the transition period guarantees that nothing will change for individuals and businesses in 2020 in order to give everyone the time to prepare for the implementation of the withdrawal agreement and the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom, which still remains to be negotiated.

The end of the transition period will have implications for EU and British citizens and economic players established in the EU and the UK, regardless of whether an agreement is reached on the future relationship. The shape of the future relationship with the United Kingdom still remains uncertain at the present time.


You are concerned 1) if you are a British student working in France who has graduated from a British university; 2) if you practice a profession in France that is subject to a nationality requirement; 3) if you are a lawyer or practice another regulated legal profession under a French professional title; 4) if you are a British citizen practising a medical or paramedical profession in France.

If you did not find the answers to your questions on this page, you can contact us at the following address: brexit.entreprises@finances.gouv.fr


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  • I am a British citizen practising a profession in France that is subject to a nationality requirement. Can I continue to practise following the withdrawal ?
  • A1 A withdrawal agreement was approved by the British Parliament and the European Parliament, organising the UK’s orderly exit from the European Union on 1 February 2020. Negotiations are underway between the EU and the UK to determine the shape of the future relationship. During the transition period, the current rights and obligations continue to apply to British citizens. If an agreement is reached on the future relationship, it will decide on the terms that will apply to relations with the UK following the transition period.


  • What will happen after the withdrawal date in terms of the legal professions ?
  • A2 British professionals practising the legal profession in France will be subject to any agreements that are concluded (withdrawal agreement, commercial agreement on the future relationship). In particular, the continued recognition of professional qualifications under the relevant European directives will depend on this.


  • I am a British citizen who practises a medical or paramedical profession in France. What will happen after Brexit ?
  • A3  As from the date of the UK’s withdrawal, the provisions of the agreement will apply.

    However, during the transition period (until 31 December 2020), the provisions of EU legislation will continue to apply. Thus, British citizens who exercise a medical or paramedical profession in France will be able to continue to do so under the same conditions during the transition period.


  • Will British lawyers still be able to come to France to practice their profession ?
  • A4  British professionals practising the legal profession in France will be subject to any agreements that are concluded (withdrawal agreement, commercial agreement on the future relationship). Specifically, continued recognition of professional qualifications based on the relevant European Directives (Directive 98/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 1998 to facilitate practice of the profession of lawyer on a permanent basis in a Member State other than that in which the qualification was obtained; Council Directive 77/249/EEC of 22 March 1977 to facilitate the effective exercise by lawyers of freedom to provide services; and Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications) will depend on this).