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For those Brits looking to retain their European status after next year's now almost inevitable Brexit, this naturalization ceremony in France is one of the very few options.>> We're now French.>> Yes.>> We're happy, yes.>>
Two years of Brexit's uncertainty have given British expats like Amanda and Robin Holmes sleepless nights and a bureaucratic headache.
They're among thousands now taking the decision to apply for French nationality. French Interior Ministry figures show 8 times more Britains applied for nationality in 2017 than in 2015. Many driven by fears that Brexit will jeopardize the life they've built. A long-planned summit between British Prime Minister Theresa May and other EU leaders originally presented as the deadline for signing off on a deal is now looming.
>> We go to the market in Sjef every Saturday.>>
And after about ten minutes I'm blind, I've got makeup
l over my glasses with all the bisous. So we know lots and lots of people and we are very much at home here.>> The Holmes's who both sit on their local council in Western France and volunteer for local charities arrived in 2004 under EU freedom of movement rules, way before the 2016 referendum.
In the market town of
local translator, Eloisa Thomas is kept busy helping Brits jump through administrative hoops to secure residency rights.>> That's the current file.
ere are many files inside, but those are my CDS applications and the ones that's I'm applying. In fact, I have another list to apply today.
So it's ongoing and it's current.>> Katherine Dobson from Pressure Group British in Europe wants an end to the uncertainty.>> So what we would say is, do what you promised. You promised us we would not lose our rights, we would be able to live as we do now and that's all we're asking for.
And in fact, Britain and Europe are up in Brussels along with the 3 million, meeting everybody to remind them that that is what they promised us.>>