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Portugal legislates for 'Hard Brexit'

brexitLenPortugal’s government has presented a draft law to safeguard rights of British residents after March 29th – Brexit Day

Proposal for a law to be submitted to parliament are centred around “the logic of reciprocity" with the treatment of Portuguese national’s resident in the UK serving as the template for the treatment of British residents in Portugal.

The Council of Ministers has approved a bill to be presented to parliament envisaging measures to protect British citizens if the UK formally leaves the European Union without an agreement, the dreaded ‘Hard Brexit.’

Measures already have been announced by the Council of Ministers on 17 January but now have been approved in a bill to be submitted to parliament which has only a few working days in which to be approved.

The new law will contain a "suspension clause" if equivalent treatment of nationals does not occur, according to Minister, Augusto Santos Silva.

As for the rights of Portuguese citizens in the United Kingdom, Santos Silva stressed that the British government "has already done" what the Portuguese government is now approving in order to guarantee protection to citizens after leaving the European Union.

"We would be satisfied" if the bill were not needed, which would mean that the UK and the European Union would have reached an agreement by 29 March. However, the adoption of measures at national level aims to "avoid chaos."

Santos Silva pointed out that British citizens in Portugal have until the end of 2020 to regularise their situation, with the British embassy ​​estimating that there are, "a good ten thousand" who have not yet officially become residents.

The Council of Ministers also approved an open cheque for the Aliens and Borders Service (SEF) which needs to man borders and cope with the millions of British visitors to Portugal who soon will not be EU citizens.

The SEF will be able to purchase kit and hire more staff on border control and documentation duty. A further 116 SEF inspectors will be hired.

Santos Silva highlighted the right of residence and permanent residence, the recognition of professional status, access to the health service and the use and possibility of renewal for driving licences.

The minister said the government’s biggest worry is for any economic impact, so is underlining €50 million in support measures for Portuguese businesses to adapt to the reality of the EU without the UK and plans programmes to promote tourism.

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+2 #10 charly 2019-02-25 15:11
Is Theresa May this weekend scared or is she lying again about brexit? I never saw such a stupid "jojo" game in my life!
I wonder if this was really the picture of brexit "the 3 political clowns" focused on in the time of the referendum?
-2 #9 Matt2 2019-02-24 09:48
The wording re driving licence seems incorrect. It mentions "renewal" when perhaps it means "exchange"..... ;-)
-5 #8 Chip 2019-02-23 14:52
Nice to see a pragmatic Portuguese government acting like adults.
A pity none of it seems to rub off on Brussels.
-2 #7 AL 2019-02-23 10:16
Quoting charly:
AL, you see it wrong: the good reasons to live as an expat in Portugal (sun, good food, super wines, sea, very low taxes,....) is one thing - the way how Portugese gov manages
its country that's another tink but a dramatic one as they do not succeed in making efficient and equilibrated laws, control corruption and all the other stuff we read every day in these comments. So, please don't mix up apples with pears

Like I said the grass is always green on the other side!
-1 #6 charly 2019-02-23 09:39
AL, you see it wrong: the good reasons to live as an expat in Portugal (sun, good food, super wines, sea, very low taxes,....) is one thing - the way how Portugese gov manages
its country that's another tink but a dramatic one as they do not succeed in making efficient and equilibrated laws, control corruption and all the other stuff we read every day in these comments. So, please don't mix up apples with pears
+2 #5 AL 2019-02-22 14:01
You would think that the Portuguese government is doing the decent thing to try to safeguard the rights of British residents in the event of a hard Brexit, but when you read the negative comments below that doesn't seem to be the case.
Half empty glass folk never seem to be happy, it must be a terrible experience to have to live in a country like Portugal.
+5 #4 Peterm 2019-02-22 13:23
Quoting Denby:
The government of Portugal have already agreed with the the European Union on policies for the UK leaving the EU. The government can't have different arrangements to that already agreed at the EU summit two years ago.
The only option open to British people living in Portugal or any EU country, is to apply to the country they live in, for citizenship and that way they will avoid any hardship or inconvenience of over staying their time limits, paperwork involved and also fines they will incur.


Yes they can. It is EU policy that in the event of no central deal with the UK then it is up to each individual EU country to make their own rules regarding UK citizens.
-9 #3 charly 2019-02-22 10:55
once again Portugal tries to counterpart the EU in the aim "to be funny". As Portugal has not so much to offer to the foreign residents their attempts "to make weard legislation" is only a funny joke, nothing more. Forget about all that, because what the Portugse "invent" is rarely implementable.
-5 #2 Maxwell 2019-02-22 07:59
"Recognition of professional status" is just one of so many ways the Portuguese failed north Europeans! Even MBA's awarded elsewhere in Europe were not automatically recognised in Portugal until 2007 and entering Portuguese professions is still just a dream. Portuguese Lawyers even have specific legislation to stop boundary hopping! So how many foreign builders do you know able to do entire house work on the strength of their own home country qualifications - as opposed to just changing your tap washer?
Yet the Portuguese happy to spread out to work across north European states who blindly accept some often spurious equivalence with Portuguese qualifications!
-3 #1 Denby 2019-02-22 07:46
The government of Portugal have already agreed with the the European Union on policies for the UK leaving the EU. The government can't have different arrangements to that already agreed at the EU summit two years ago.
The only option open to British people living in Portugal or any EU country, is to apply to the country they live in, for citizenship and that way they will avoid any hardship or inconvenience of over staying their time limits, paperwork involved and also fines they will incur.

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