In 2016, Nigel Lawson, former chairman of the Vote Leave campaign, said Brexit was a "historic opportunity" to make the UK "the most dynamic and free country" in Europe.
It turns out that he is now applying for a residence in France.
Many British emigrants are trying to settle outside of the UK to avoid problems with immigration papers and work permits as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union. Since Brexit, E.U. Officials have warned British citizens that their post-Brexit passes are navy blue instead of the E.U. will be. burgundy, could cause delays in immigration.
Speaking to Connexion, an English-language newspaper printed for the expat community in France, Lawson said he had begun securing his official carte de séjour in France.  "Yes, I just started and I do not know how it will work, but I'm not worried," said the pro-Brexit activist about his efforts to secure the residence. "It falls into the category of" tiring "and not" serious. "" He lives in Gascony in southwestern France.
Lawson served in the cabinet of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, calling Brexit "a chance to end the Thatcher revolution." But his opponents say he is a hypocrite when he insists that Britain leave the EU, and then benefit from the union by setting up a branch there.
Paul Butters, director of communications at Best for Britain, a pro-E.U. Group, said that "the idea that the chairman of Vote Leave has applied for his residence permit in France takes the biscuit."
"It seemed to Lawson that no cost was not worth paying for," said Butters. "But with these news, it seems that the costs are being paid by others while the former Chancellor basks in his luxurious home in France."
In an interview with the Guardian before the referendum, Lawson insisted that he did not mind Europe, but only found the EU impractical and an obstacle to self-government for the UK
"I love Europe!" he said. "That's why I live in France."