LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (MARCH 27, 2017) (REUTERS) – Married to a Frenchman and having lived in several different European countries, British journalist Melanie Goodfellow has always felt European.
Goodfellow’ family live in a part of west London full of similar households – Britons and French joined by marriage and their dual nationality children. The area is known by some as “Little France”.
But she says she has no immediate plans to leave Britain.
“I am not going to run away from Britain because I mean, 16 million of us still voted to remain European and I think we need to stay here and make that heard,” she said.
The French embassy says there are 300,000 French people living in the UK. Some estimates put that higher. Chances are if they are married to a Briton, Brexit will have prompted that spouse to apply for a French passport.
Artist Lucy Bequalt also has a French husband and three dual nationality children.
The triggering of Article 50 on Wednesday (March 29) will dismay many of the 48 percent who voted to remain in the EU.