Brexit Update

British nationals are encouraged to register as residents with their nearest National Police station or provincial Oficina de Extranjería (where applicable) and receive their green credit-card-sized (or A4) certificates if they have not already done so.

The European Union has granted a flexible extension to the UK’s leaving date until 31st January 2020 to give time for the British parliament to ratify an agreed Withdrawal Agreement with the EU. This date can be brought forward if a deal is agreed. For the moment, Britain is fully in the EU and all rights and obligations for British citizens still fully apply.

Official government websites with the latest news

There is  a special British government web page specific to those living in Spain. You can also sign up for alerts to be sent to your email as the news changes. . 

The Spanish government will provide more information in English on contingency plans for Britons living in Spain during Brexit  on this link  (scroll down page) 

The British government also maintains an information page on the latest overall news about the process to leave the EU which can be seen by on clicking here

There is also a recommended useful British Embassy Madrid Facebook page to like

The most important piece of news for British nationals who are resident in Spain at the moment is that nothing has changed with regards to their rights and obligations while in Spain. UK nationals have exactly the same entitlements in all areas as before the vote to leave the EU.

This includes healthcare, employment, residency and all other areas of life in Spain. Nothing has changed.

While nothing can be guaranteed until the long and complex negotiations are finished, the British government and the EU (and the Spanish government itself) have all said repeatedly that their aim is to protect those rights as far as possible for those already living in Spain when Britain finally leaves the EU and build a strong future collaborative relationship between the EU and Britain.

Ensure you are officially registered in Spain: If you are living in Spain already, British Government advice is to ensure that you have registered as an official resident in Spain to ensure your rights are best protected after Brexit whatever happens (the small green card or A4 sheet certificate). This process may take several weeks so plan early.

You can find out about this process here

(If you find you cannot get an appointment as a likely Brexit date approaches, the advice is to keep trying very regularly as more appointments can be made available. In addition keep evidence you are resident in Spain, including registering on the town hall census/padron and keep copies of utility bills, for example).

Note: You have a right if you wish to, after being in Spain more than five years, to apply for the card to be reissued as permanent (marked Residente Permanente), although this is not a legal requirement nor obligatory.

For the moment Britain is still fully part of the European Union (EU) and a British national who is resident in Spain has the same rights and obligations in all areas as they always have done.

Useful links

The following independent groups can also provide additional information and support:

Last Updated: 30th October 2019