Many issues have been in the spotlight since the United Kingdom officially notified the European Council in March 2017 of its intention to leave the European Union. Today its withdrawal is still in process and this is causing many doubts to citizens and businesses that could be affected.
Brief review of the Brexit process:
After the notification in 2017, a two-year period was opened for the European Union and the United Kingdom to negotiate an agreement to regulate the withdrawal. It was in that period, specifically in November 2018, when an agreement was reached on the text of the Withdrawal Agreement. The text has been approved by the EU countries, but was refused by a large majority of the Parliament on January 15th. A new vote is scheduled for January 29th.
Regardless of the adoption of the agreement, on 30 March 2019 the United Kingdom will cease to be a Member State of the European Union, if there is no second referendum. This is why the Government of Spain has been working to reduce the impact of Brexit.
There are certain questions that citizens must take into account:
In the event that the Withdrawal Agreement is adopted, it will be responsible for preserving the rights of British and Spanish citizens who are exercising their right to free movement in both the United Kingdom and Spain. In the event of an exit without agreement, the Government of Spain is working on contingency measures to guarantee Spanish and British citizens those same rights that they exercised before the date of withdrawal.
The European Commission has produced a document with the most frequently asked questions and answers on the rights of Union and UK citizens after Brexit if there is an agreement.
We also found that in order to guarantee the interests of Spanish citizens, whether the agreement is adopted or not, the Government of Spain has set up the website “Preparados para el Brexit” that offers information about the Brexit, the process, the changes the exit may entail for your interests or the contingency measures that are being adopted. It contains information that may be useful in matters of customs, health, residence or trade and we recommend you to take a look.
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