Latest Brexit news for British expatriates

This website is not a politically driven one. I generally dislike any form of politics in whatever situation. However, Brexit is a reality and has been for almost two years now. It’s going to impact a lot of people, me included. I remember being on the Camino de Santiago on the night of June 23rd 2016 and watching it all unravel on my phone.

Fast forward to 2018. Where are we at now? Well if you follow MSM (main stream media) then you will be aware of the current mess we find ourselves in. The truth is no one knows what’s going to happen on April 1st 2019. It’s amusing that Britain’s first hours of freedom from the EU will be an April fools day.

I digress.

Most MSM commentary on Brexit has been focused on the UK itself and the 3m plus EU expats in Britain. Very little coverage seems to be given to the 1.3 million Brits living in the European Union. This number probably swells to considerably more when you take into account those Brits (me included) who may fancy living in another EU country at some point in the future.

So what’s the current state of play?

The EU has pledged that Brits in the EU should have their rights to remain kept intact even after March 2019 for the duration of any transition period.

The UK on the other hand was initially against this idea. It originally indicated that EU migrants moving to the UK after March 2019 should not have their rights to remain in Britain. Latest reports suggest that Theresa May has backed down from this. We will see. The UK also said that the cut off date wouldn’t even necessarily be March 2019 but they backed down from that too.

For Brits living and planning to live in the EU then this is potentially good news. However, there are other obstacles to overcome – namely the thorny issue of the Irish border. This potentially could lead to a ‘hard Brexit’ and cause some uncertainty for anyone looking at migrating.

It’s frustrating as I wanted to write a lot more on the topic of where we stand with Brexit. I guess that things will have to start moving much quicker as we edge towards March 2019.

Moving to the EU before March 2019

I think it’s wise for any Brits who would like to live in the EU and potentially retains their EU passport to move before March 2019. Once at their chosen location they should swiftly register their intention to reside in that EU country.

Taking Portugal as an example. These are the steps you should take if you want to live there as an EU migrant.

  1. Go get a NIF from a local tax office in Portugal (basically a national insurance number)
  2. Go register your residency at your local town hall. This can be done once you have a NIF and you’ll need your EU passport and some proof of address. Apparently the proof of address and whether it’s required varies from town hall to town hall (welcome to Portugal!). The certificate of residency is valid for 5 years after which time you can apply for citizenship (and an EU passport).

That is basically all you have to do and in theory it should be the same in all other EU countries. You will need to do your own research though!

Britons already abroad

For Brits already abroad I don’t think there will be any issues assuming they have registered in their host country. If you are living under the radar then now might be the time to stand up and be counted.

Thanks for reading my first every post on liblavi.

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