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13th Sep 2019

This chef was wrongly told he couldn’t stay in the UK

Wayne Farry

How does it feel to be rejected by the country you’ve lived in for three decades?

Chef Richard Bertinet has lived in the United Kingdom for 31 years; longer than he has lived in his native France.

Originally from Brittany in France, Bertinet moved to Britain in the late 1980s and settled in Bath, where he now runs a successful bakery and baking school.

Despite living in the UK for three decades, being acclaimed within his profession and owning a business, he – like so many others – was rejected for settled status when he applied for the EU Settlement Scheme, and instead was granted Pre-Settled Status.

JOE travelled to Bath to speak to Bertinet to find out how it feels to be rejected by the nation in which you’ve built a family and a life.