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  1. Just as an update, we have come to the conclusion that a move to France at present would be foolhardy. We have called off the move until such time that the political landscape settles.
  2. Until yesterday I did not know the word 'Brexit' existed but I do now and appears, worryingly, very popular.
  3. Just found this from the think tank Centre for European Reform cer.org.uk/ Quote: But in the event that the UK decided to leave, some settlement would have to be negotiated with other EU member-states, to ensure that British emigrants could continue to live there. The outcome of such a negotiation may not be as straightforward as one might assume. Retired immigrants are on average a net drain on the public finances because of their heavy use of healthcare. In any bilateral negotiations between Britain and these four countries, the fact that free migration is more costly for France, Germany, Spain and Ireland than it is for Britain would not go unnoticed, and Britons abroad may find that access to healthcare becomes more expensive: currently, the Spanish government pays for British migrants’ visits to GPs. Unquote: Yes I know they are pro EU. but well respected by the Guardian and Financial Times
  4. My belief, before anyone jumps down my throat for my left leaning preference, is if a referendum was held tomorrow the result would be to leave. I say that because the overwhelming topic of contention is immigration. People of every political persuasion, for differing reasons, want immigration to be severely limited or stopped. They would vote to leave the EU. It is of course the raison d'etre for UKIP. As 'Idun' posted, I too was persuaded to vote no in 1975 but now I believe it would be madness to leave. As to CK 11 post, I quote, 'My guess is that UKIP's primary appeal is to relatively unsophisticated voters whose voting behaviour is somewhat tribal.' that maybe but they will vote to leave. All this is actually getting away from my point or are you deliberately distracting the conversation because any expats may have a great deal to lose if there is a withdrawal?. The point being how withdrawal may affect the lives and finances of British citizens living in France relying on British pensions and reciprocal health cover. ie. not the 20% top up health insurance cover?
  5. My point is, the Tories won the election with a mandate to hold a referendum on membership of the EU. I'm of the opinion that, because the country has turned to the right, the result will be withdrawal of the EU.
  6. Certainly don't think they will advise an 'IN' vote for fear of the far right Tories. There was a majority of Tories happy to stay 'in' but the country has lurched to the right. Don't forget the UKIP voters. There will be a referendum, the right will see to that.
  7. Yes I know that but they are having a referendum next year and I believe the result will be 'OUT'.
  8. If the bloody Tories get their way and we exit the EU., I can see all sorts of problems for expats and people (like myself) hoping to make a move. Health cost, Pensions to mention a few plus actually living in a foreign country as an alien. I just cannot see it ending well.
  9. Fair enough, did not read the T & C s. Many thanks for your replies.
  10. Everytime I use Aferry.com for a crossing from say Portsmouth to St Malo I see a cheap £78 (2 hour stay) return with car. 'Normal' fares appear in the £200+ range. What is to stop you using the £78 one way and booking another £78 to return at a later date?
  11. Anyone know the minimum depth to bury the armour cable ? Thanks
  12. [quote user="NickP"]"I do worry a lot" I think your problem is that you don't have the correct licence, as companies I deal with; transport specialist cars all over France in covered trailers. As for your storey about travellers well it beggars belief. So as they say on the tele; "sorry but I'm out" I can't invest any more time in this subject! [:D][:D] [/quote] Full licence from 1971 As I say, just looking at trailers. Came across a covered one, selling because of French law change. Looked into in and found story re: travellers/Romas. So the story has nothing to do with me. I think you watch too much tv
  13. [quote user="Chancer"]Just do it, no-one will bat an eyelid. If you worry a lot then you are coming to the right country [:D] You will never go short! [/quote] Thanks, I'm looking forward to a long relax after
  14. [quote user="NickP"]I'd like to see proof of your statement about a trailer carrying a car towed by a truck being illegal? Also I would advise you to weigh the car before you stuff it into a Luton van. The majority of twin wheel Luton vans are 35CWT capacity, single wheel a lot less. I would think that a car in someone else's name could be tricky, have you got a bill of sale? Why not register it in your name and SORN it. .[/quote] I came across this 'ban' when looking for trailers. Apparently closed in car trailers when towed with all up weight over 3500 kgs are banned. The reason apparently is to stop Travellers hauling caravans about. True or not I do not know. As to the car, was told by DVLA, the car needs to be MOTed before they will re-register to UK mainland in my name. I've got a rough hand written £450 receipt but it's hardly convincing. I do worry a lot
  15. [quote user="chateaubriant"]It now appears the French towing law has changed outlawing a total towing chain of over 3500kg. My understanding is a trailer carrying a car towed by car/van/truck would be illegal. I'm now thinking of buying a cheapish lwb luton and loading my car (14ft long) in the back.[/quote] Anyone think that French customs might not let the car in? I only have a V5 in the previous owners name as the car was registered in NIreland. I could not register in my name until I get an MOT. Am I worried about nothing, will I get it in ok as another goods and chattel from the house move? Should I contact French Customs and open a can of worms????
  16. It now appears the French towing law has changed outlawing a total towing chain of over 3500kg. My understanding is a trailer carrying a car towed by car/van/truck would be illegal. I'm now thinking of buying a cheapish lwb luton and loading my car (14ft long) in the back.
  17. Thanks again for peoples input. It appears that our original property may fall through so this one now heads a list. So the owners thinks it's asbestos, I think it maybe asbestos. It may or may not be highlighted in the diagnostic survey. It appears the only way might be for a roof survey that I pay for. As to leaving it alone, I believe by the look of it, it maybe more than 40+ years old. I think the buildings were farm outbuildings converted to domestic use many years ago. The original roof was just covered with loose tiles. Because the tiles are loose means that they move very slightly damaging the 'asbestos sheets' beneath. I think they should be replaced if 'asbestos sheets'. Anyone any idea, leaving aside the safe removal of the 'asbestos sheets', how much to renew/replace about 160 sq. mtrs. of single storey foof?
  18. The seller said they thought they were asbestos. The sheets were on the main building, so living accommodation.
  19. Thanks to those who replied, useful info and food for thought. Probably the 7.5 T lorry looks favourite. I also have a very not roadworthy sports car to transport. If I had a vehicle to tow with I'd hire a trailer but I don't. Any suggestions? Did get a little way laid there though!
  20. One of the properties we looked at had asbestos roof sheets covered by loose hip roofing tiles. Would the asbestos have been picked up in the French sellers survey? Could it have be left as is or does it need removing?
  21. Hi Looked a loads of houses in France with garages but the one that takes our fancy has no garage. Property has plenty of land but no garage. I've found properties with huge garage/workshops in one building but none with a suitable house. I want a garage for at least 2 cars and a workshop/garage to work on a car or 2! I'm not a pro running a business just a home classic car nut!! What are the rules regs. regarding self build wooden kit form garages? Any maximum sizes before permission is sought or is it easy to get the permission? Cheers
  22. Hi In the process of selling up in UK and buying in a lovely house in the Vienne dept. My question, is it possible to hire or buy a 40ft container, load it myself and get it transported by lorry from Southampton to Vienne? I've found a company that will sell a s/h container but cannot find transport to France. Thanks in advance
  23. 3 x FIAT 124 sport AC (1968-69) 2 x FIAT 124 spiders BC1-CS1 (1971-76) in various states of undress. One 124 sport is fully road worthy and used and the later spider is almost ready. Plum forgot about gas, is argon/co2 not available? At present I have a BOC account for refills. I take it will not be easy to register old cars in France?
  24. I have a hobby of repairing and restoration my collection of Italian cars. I have various mains (240v) power tools inc a Mig welder. I'm about to buy a new 240v Spot welder. Can I use this equipment with French mains when I retire to France? If not, can they be modified?
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