Jump to content

All Activity

This stream auto-updates     

  1. Today
  2. jonno

    Preparing for no deal!

    A bit more on the IDP's. The new 1968 convention IDP will be available from 2500 post offices from February 1st. This is required for 23 of the remaining 27 EU member states plus Norway & Switzerland. The current 1949 convention IDP will no longer be available from the AA & RAC from February 1st, only from the above mentioned 2500 post offices. This will be required for the remaining 4 EU member states. Spain, Cyprus, Malta & Ireland. So as far as direct BF travel is concerned, the new 1968 IDP is needed for France with the current one needed for Spain & Ireland. Green Cards requested prior to 29th March will still remain valid until their 12 month period expires or your insurance renewal, whichever is sooner. Personally I found that having a Green Card was quickly interpreted by overseas officers and sped up my RTA claim as only the internationally recognised issued numbers were required rather than a translation of an insurance document.
  3. Yesterday
  4. jonno

    Brexit effect on BF

    I notice this week that Dieppe is now part of the same port authority as Cherbourg & Caen. I would assume that they would be able to spread some freight movements accordingly. Three French ferry ports based in Normandie have decided to join forces.In fact, Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg were already united in ‘Ports Normands Associés’ (PNA).Dieppe (photo) was added to these two ports, to create ‘Ports de Normandie’. Chairman is Hervé Morin, former chairman of PNA.MD is Philippe Deiss, also former MD of PNA. Together, the three ports have six ro-ro berths, and see some 200,000 freight units per year, ferried across by DFDS (Transmanche Ferries), Brittany Ferries and Irish Ferries.
  5. Gareth

    Preparing for no deal!

    All - please keep the politics out of this thread. If you want to talk politics then go to the club (where several posts have been moved to). This thread is for practicalities related to travelling in the event of a no-deal exit from the EU. Thanks 😉
  6. It is coming to a head very shortly,she wants to hold talks BUT she then says nothing has changed and we leave the eec near end of march.so what is the point of this charade to me it public relations job to try and come out that she cares about what other people think.just wonder what bf are thinking about all of the investment they are putting into new ferries etc.number have fallen and if a no deal brexit the numbers may be worse than feared before this chaos.
  7. Gareth

    Brexit effect on BF

    It is somewhat ironic that one of the factors (allegedly) why BF never went through with that plan was because the UK Government referred it to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. I know it is a point of contention whether that was actually a/the reason BF pulled out, or whether the referral just happened to coincide with BF withdrawing from the plan in any case. But if the withdrawal was, even in part, due to HMG's referral to the Monopolies Commission then it is a supreme irony that the same government is now paying BF to do what it stopped them from doing back in 2005!
  8. Chris L

    Brexit effect on BF

    I recall when P&O Portsmouth gave up running the Le Havre route all those years ago, Brittany Ferries tentatively explored the possibility of taking on the route with the ferries (Pride of Portsmouth and Pride of Let Havre). One of the main sticking points was the fact that the French unions would not work alongside non French crew. I am part French and I have to admire the fact that the French now run many of the utility companies in the UK yet we run previous little in France because the French will not allow it. If the UK government or anyone else thinks the French unions will tolerate British seamen on their ships then they need a reality check. Let's just accept that we are investing our Brexit contingency money in a good ferry firm that serves great food and leave it at that. Any British Denver of fair play etc.is not what it's all about!!
  9. eagleeye

    Red Osprey

    She is just passing st Clare on her to Portsmouth..
  10. May find matters taken out of her hands!
  11. Heard on BBC News earlier that the EU is likely to offer an extension but it is Downing St/ May saying no.
  12. TonyMWeaver

    Brexit effect on BF

    Just read this on Le Marin: English sailors want their place aboard BAI ships Posted on 17/01/2019 17:55 | Updated on 17/01/2019 18:17 In exchange for Brittany Ferries' GBP 46.6 million (€ 51.8 million) funding for increased cargo capacity, it appears that British seafarers some requirements ... In a letter dated Tuesday, January 8 (see below) and addressed to Christophe Mathieu, Chairman of the Board of Brittany Ferries, Mick Cash, Secretary General of the RMT (National Union of Rail, Shipping and Road Transport Workers UK) lists a series of conditions related in particular to the crews planned "on the ships which will execute this public contract" . The union asks Brittany Ferries that all sailors are British, that they depend on English law, particularly on unemployment and minimum wage issues, and that they are covered by the collective agreement of the LMR. This letter was, moreover, sent in copy to the CGT.
  13. This article suggests early July might be a possible new deadline as it seems the new EU administration won't be in place until then, a month or so after the elections. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46907895 Ed
  14. colin

    Applying for French residency

    I understand that to be correct. Some EU countries will only allow dual nationality to other EU citizens, but France does not restrict this specifically. If it is not France, check.
  15. Quite a lot of talk in the EU of either saying no to an extension or not long enough to reach the date of EU Parliamentary elections. Fairly obvious in some ways?
  16. Bit harsh jonno. When Groucho Marx said "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member" perhaps he should also have said I wouldn't want as Prime Minister anyone that would choose to accept the job of Prime Minister especially since 2016. He also said "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well I have others". I suspect that might also be true.
  17. I would assume not if there is a cross-party agreement to leave but the terms have not yet been finalised. But if there is any doubt that Brexit will actually happen then I suppose we might need to elect MEPs just in case. I don't know the exact rules but presumably we would not be able to hold such a vote before 23-26 May which are the official dates (as I understand it) but could do so on the same day as a general election if one becomes necessary. Ed.
  18. Will we then take part in the elections, that was mentioned on the tv earlier. Yet another unforeseen consequence for those wanting a delay.
  19. TonyMWeaver

    Red Osprey

    Red Osprey is due in Falmouth tomorrow morning (Friday) at 07:20 going to Dry Dock No.4
  20. Yep, bonkers isn't it? They also want to go all electronic and digital too...and you know how clever they are at doing things like that, just ask the NHS who didn't even want or need a new electronic platform useless or not. What's that old joke again? The Tories are the cream of Britain... Rich, thick and full of clots..!
  21. And might explain why they have always said there can be no extension. Even so, if the 27 member countries approve such a delay it may be possible according to the journalist. Ed.
  22. Cabin-boy

    Preparing for no deal!

    The French are preparing contingency measures in the case of a No-Deal situation. I understand they will publish specific details in the next few weeks but in the meantime there is a website to keep people informed. https://brexit.gouv.fr/sites/brexit/accueil.html As Colin says, it makes sense to get proof of postage for any applications that are made in the next coupe of months to avoid future problems. I shall still hold off sending anything until the start of March, I think, unless given specific instructions in the meantime. As long as the UK does not go back on a well-publicised commitment to respect the rights of EU citizens in the UK, then I can't see France and the other EU countries imposing draconian measures for fear of retaliation. One thing I did hear on French radio today was a suspicion that if TM asks for an extension of the deadline, it would have to be until the autumn as the EU will effectively be paralysed in May and June due to the elections (and on holiday for all of July and August). But, that would then mean a new team would be in power at the top of the EU institutions which then might just be more willing to offer concessions and help TM get her plans through parliament. Ed
  23. Cabin-boy

    Applying for French residency

    In 99.99% sure that you can keep your British nationality alongside your new French one. I might at a later stage, once I've got my situation sorted out, apply in the UK for my wife and kids to also hold British nationality too. I can see some advantages of leaving France using one set of papers and entering the UK on a different set if immigration checks became more complex and time-consuming (but hopefully they won't). Ed.
  24. cvabishop

    Preparing for no deal!

    Not needed in associated countries such as Switzerland either.
  25. Gareth

    Applying for French residency

    Interesting question, and Ed will know the answer. I suspect not, and that the result will be dual nationality, but I may be wrong.
  26. BobCrox

    Preparing for no deal!

    From memory I needed a IDL to drive in some eastern European countries which are now in the EU.
  1. Load more activity


  • Newsletter

    Want to keep up to date with all our latest news and information?

    Sign Up
×