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I'm british: Brexit and the right to reside in Spain

Relevant information for British nationals in Spain

British citizens will remain citizens of the European Union until 29 March 2019 and, they may therefore reside (work and study) in Spain in accordance with EU rules. Similarly, they may be accompanied by their family members, irrespective of their nationality, and obtain, as such, a family card as citizens of the EU.

However, from 30 March 2019, at 00.00 (Central European Time, the date of withdrawal), the United Kingdom will become a third-country and British citizens, therefore, will no longer be regarded as citizens of the European Union.

On 14 November 2018, the United Kingdom and the European Union reached a principle of agreement on the terms of withdrawal. This agreement addresses the issue of citizens' rights and guarantees, in addition to the existence of a transitional period, the possibility of continuing to live and work in Spain after Brexit in the same conditions under which they were doing so.

To date, the agreement for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union has not yet been subscribed and the terms of the agreement will not be final until it is approved by the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Please note that in Spain the registration with the Central Registry for Foreign Nationals of all citizens of the European Union, including British nationals, if they intend to reside in Spain for longer than three months for is strongly advised.

A formal application must be submitted within three months from the date of entry into Spain. A registration certificate will then be issued with immediate effect stating the identity, nationality and address, as well as the identification number (NIE), and the date of registration.

Since it is yet unknown whether there will be a deal and as this process rests on the decision of the United Kingdom, it is important to remember that, in any event, once the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union becomes effective, being in possession of a valid registration certificate will guarantee the recognition of your rights as a resident in Spain. In the event of a deal, this certificate will prove your status as a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement. In the event of a no-deal, this document will allow you to continue living in Spain and help you obtain the documents required by the general immigration regulations.

If you do not yet have such registration certificate as a citizen of the European Union, it is strongly reccomended to request, before the withdrawal date (30 March 2019), an appointment for accessing the “EU Certificates” procedure at the specific Police stations in your province. Note: Please bear in mind that not all the police stations may have availability for setting such appointments before the withdrawal date.

In case you cannot obtain such certificate before the withdrawal date, you will be able to accede to the new "Procedure for the documentation of nationals of the United Kingdom", as long as you can certify, among other elements, your resident status in Spain before the withdrawal date (for example, with your municipality registration certificate).