UK residents will be allowed to remain in Spain after Brexit

Spanish authorities announced on Friday (March 1st) that British residents will be allowed to stay in the country if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, giving them until the end of 2020 to apply for permanent residency and making it automatic for many. 

Spain has one of the largest British expatriate communities in the EU and has been at pains to reassure them that their rights will be protected after Brexit. 

More than 300,000 British citizens are registered in Spain and an unknown number are unregistered, the Spanish government said. The new residency process would apply to about 400,000 people, it estimated. 

Continued residency rights are part of a series of measures announced on Friday to protect Britons’ rights in Spain in the event of a no-deal Brexit, including access to healthcare and social security. 

These measures are conditional on the same terms applying to Spaniards living and working in Britain. 

A measure calling on Britain to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the event of a no-deal exit was approved by the Westminster parliament this week with government support.

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