Edouard Philippe, the prime minister at a press briefing on 23 May 2019 at the Elysee. – Stephane Lemouton -POOL / SIPA

Édouard Philippe announced on Tuesday that a meeting "with all the ministers concerned" would be organized on
Brexit, "around mid-September", to "maintain a maximum level of mobilization".

Calling "weak" the "probability of organizing an orderly exit from the United Kingdom" of the European Union by the deadline set for October 31, the French Prime Minister recalled that "the responsibility of the government is
to prepare the country to face all eventualities, even the most delicate, "during a speech to the ambassadors gathered in Paris.

Officials, customs and veterinary additional

In this sense, Édouard Philippe pointed out that the government already had a "complete" legislative arsenal that includes "7 ordinances, 8 decrees and several decrees, to cope with an exit without agreement". "We have also recruited additional officials to carry out border checks, several hundred customs officers and veterinarians," he said.

Moreover, Edouard Philippe welcomed the "very beautiful reform" of the reception of foreign students, which resulted in particular in an increase in university fees for non-European students for the autumn of 2019.

The attractiveness of French higher education as a respite?

This announcement caused a stir, associations grabbing the Council of State for "rupture of equality", when a parliamentary report concluded that this measure ran "a real risk of dropping out of the short term" for the attractiveness of the French higher education.

The Prime Minister has rejected this prediction by saying that the number of foreign students present in France was in September "very slight increase, of the order of 2%", including a "significant increase in Indian students."


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