Rory Ramsden – Luxury French Property Finder & Buyer's Agent in south west France
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Brexit and the long history of English property owners in France: will the passion endure?

The majority of citizens from a string of European countries want the UK to remain in the European Union, according to a major poll released in French media on Friday – including 55 per cent of Britons who took part. The country most in favour by far was Spain, with 76 per cent of those questioned hoping the UK will not leave the bloc. Second came Italy on 67 per cent, followed by Germany on 65 per cent. Some 55 per cent of Britons wish to remain, according to the poll – a higher number than the French, only 54 per cent of whom think Britain’s inclusion in the EU as desirable.

Key Takeaways:

  • Since the first decades of the 19th century, many British citizens have bought properties or built houses in France
  • Approximately 150,000 UK citizens currently live in France, second only to Spain. With Brexit on the horizon, many are uneasy, for the draw of life in France remains strong, and its roots are deep
  • While these earlier residents would sometimes buy an apartment, their enthusiasm for owning property in France was nothing compared to that of the British citizens

“The majority of British (65%) who were intending to buy a house in France prior to Brexit do not seem to have changed their minds.”

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About the Author Rory

Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.

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