Brexit: citizens’ rights and what you can do NOW

UPDATE 01 August 2020 Living in the EU preparing for Brexit:

UK nationals in the EU

There will be no change to your rights and status as a UK national living in the EU until after Brexit. You can still workaccess healthcare and collect your pension as you do now.

The Withdrawal Agreement

The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provides for a deal on citizens’ rights.

You will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement if you are a UK national lawfully residing in another EU country at the end of the implementation period, on 31 December 2020.

Residency documents and status

You and your family may need to apply for a residence status to confirm that you were already resident in the EU country you live in before 31 December 2020 if you have not already done so.

The EU country where you live will set up a system for applying for a residence status. The application will be short, simple and either free of charge, or cost no more than applying for a similar document, for example a national identity card or passport.

You will have until at least 30 June 2021 to submit your application information on how to apply will apply in UK government’s Living in guides when it is available.

Continuance of residence

You are required to register with the Spanish authorities if you reside in Spain. However, if you have been legally resident in Spain for fewer than five years your status may be affected if you are absent for six months or more at one time. There are some exemptions to this rule where one absence of 12 consecutive months may be permitted, for reasons such as pregnancy and childbirth, serious illness, study or vocational training. Once you are a permanent resident (i.e. resident for 5 years or more), the Withdrawal Agreement states that your residency right will only be lost through absence from the host state for a period of more than five consecutive years.

Continuance of residence (source) also affects Healthcare provided by means of S1s
If you are living in Spain or move there permanently before 31 December 2020, you’ll have life-long healthcare rights in Spain as you do now, ***provided you remain resident.

Latest information on Health Care issues (S1s and EHIC cards) as they relate to Spain can be found here Page entitled SOCIAL SECURITY, HEALTHCARE AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

I can’t emphasise enough how important it is for British Expats who live here in Tenerife to make sure they are not only registered, but CORRECTLY registered on the Central Register of foreigners and have a Green Certificate of Residence Registration (Also wrongly called Residencia by some people) OR from 6 July 2020 a TIE biometric residence card This includes obtaining DUPLICATES if there have been changes of address, or circumstances, or if the original has been lost or stolen. This also includes children who are not registered even if their parents are. You must also make sure that you are registered for Spanish State Health Care if you have the right to do so. This might include so far unregistered dependents of workers or self employed for example.  Getting this done is crucial and you have at least until the 1 Jan 2021, You can stay up-to-date with official information on the most recent developments from the British government here  and from the Spanish  government here