With less than a year to go now until the UK officially leaves the EU, we explore how things stand for expatriates in Portugal under the proposed Brexit deal.
The UK Brexit negotiation secretary, David Davis, claims to have struck a deal on the terms of the Brexit transition period, having made several concessions and accepting a last resort plan to keep Northern Ireland under EU law to avoid border problems with the epublic of Ireland.
Davis said that agreement on the terms of the preliminary period that ends on December 31st 2020, would give businesses and citizens reassurance.
Most Brits who contemplate taking on Portuguese citizenship don’t want to give up their British nationality so the good news is that Portugal permits dual nationality and you can keep your British passport. Other countries, e.g. Spain, do not permit a person to have dual nationality.
The British Government has published details of the agreement reached in Brussels this week on the rights for UK nationals and their families living in Portugal and the other EU countries after the UK leaves the Union, wrtites Len Port.
The agreement is just part of phase one in the Brexit negotiations and comes with the caveat that nothing is finally agreed until everything is agreed on an orderly withdrawal.
This new document sets out how EU citizens will be supported though an application process which is streamlined and easy to use, and is aimed at reassuring EU citizens and their family members that those applying to stay in the UK after we leave the EU will not have their applications refused for minor technicalities; and that EU citizens will also be given a statutory right of appeal, in line with their current rights through the Free Movement Directive, if their application is unsuccessful.
The Prime Minister has been clear that safeguarding the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals in Europe is the first priority for negotiations and she said last month that an agreement is within touching distance.
As I travel to Brussels today, I know that many people will be looking to us – the leaders of the 28 nations in the European Union – to demonstrate we are putting people first.
I have been clear throughout this process that citizens’ rights are my first priority. And I know my fellow leaders have the same objective: to safeguard the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU.
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