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Brexit. Citizen's Rights

Brexit - Citizen's Rights

The withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) took place on 31 January 2020 and the terms of that exit are established in the Withdrawal Agreement (Spanish version) negotiated by the EU and UK. The Withdrawal Agreement entered into force on 1 February 2020 and provides for an orderly departure of the United Kingdom.

To this end, the Agreement provides for a transitional period ending on 31 December 2020. Residence rights are regulated in Title II of the Withdrawal Agreement.

For the Government of Spain, the issue of citizens’ rights has been, during all negotiations, one of the main priorities: Spain is the country of residence of the largest community of UK nationals in Europe, and a significant number of Spaniards reside in the United Kingdom.

The Government of Spain has worked and will continue to work to provide the highest level of legal certainty to United Kingdom nationals residing in Spain and who, after Brexit, wish to remain in Spain.

Similarly, we have worked, and we will continue to work, to ensure that Spaniards residing in the United Kingdom enjoy full legal security and that their rights are affected as little as possible by this situation.