French woman France Davies lived in UK for over 50 years killed herself over Brexit fears inquest

Mail Online | 9/8/2019 | Lara Keay;Harry Howard For Mailonline
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A coroner has blamed Brexit for someone's death for the first time after an elderly French woman living in the UK killed herself.

France Marie-Louise Davies, 76, had lived in Britain for more than 50 years.

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She and her British husband Peter, 74, were planning to move to France but Mrs Davies had 'worries and anxiety' about the UK leaving the EU.

She walked out of her home in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire on March 18 this year and was never seen again.

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Her body was found in a flooded field two days later - nine days before the original Brexit date of March 29, an inquest at Gloucestershire Coroner's Court heard.

Mr Davies told the hearing: 'Six months ago, my EU partner of over 48 years died in tragic circumstances.

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'She had lived here peacefully, respectfully and legally for over 50 years. Today the coroner recorded that it was suicide, citing among other reasons her worries about Brexit.'

Senior Gloucestershire coroner Katie Skerrett read out a statement Mr Davies made at a previous hearing, which said he was 'distraught and overwhelmed' at the death of his wife.

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The couple have a son named Benoit and Mrs Davies had been 'expressing anxiety over current events', the hearing was told.

Mrs Davies, who had a history of depression, had...
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