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Hello, thank you for the question.
He would need your written consent to take your daughter out of the UK - if he does not have that, he could be arrested for child abduction and you could notify the Police before he leaves to ensure he cannot leave the UK. You need to know the date your daughter will be returned - I would tell your husband this. Given you both have parental responsibility, he cannot leave the UK with your daughter without your written consent. If he was holidaying in the UK, he could do this for up to 28 days but as it's France, he still needs a letter of consent from you.
If he stays beyond the date he says, you can report him to the Police who will arrest him for the same reason - child abduction.
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No, either party needs to do a letter - if border control stopped either of you with the kids and you could not provide a letter, they may not let you through. Further, if the other parent found out the kids were taken without their consent, they could contact the Police who treat it as child abduction.
James did not need to write a letter and in practice border control don't check them unless he notified the Police in the UK in which case the Spanish police would have a marker on your passport and would have stopped you (if James did not consent to you going to Spain, for example).
As such, it is always advisable to have a letter of consent.
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