You Still Have Time To Leave The UK but Not Much…
Brits wanting to move to Spain could have until December 2020, rather than until March 2019, to get out of the UK before new post-Brexit rules come into force.
The Official “Brexit Day” is March 29th 2019 – 11pm, after which a new set of rules and regulations will apply to Brits making the move to Spain and EU citizens moving to the UK. Those new rules have not been fixed just yet though..
The EU and the UK are expected to agree a transition period which will effectively postpone official Brexit Day for a period of time.
On Monday the EU took little time to agree that the end of the transition period should be December 31st 2020 – although the date will need to be agreed with the British government.
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The EU says: “According to the EU position, during the transition period the whole of the EU acquis will continue to apply to the UK as if it were a member state.
“All existing EU regulatory, budgetary, supervisory, judiciary and enforcement instruments and structures will also apply, including the competence of the Court of Justice of the European Union. ”
The landmark Brexit deal that was negotiated on expat rights late last year should therefore apply to Britons who move to Spain before the end of 2020.
That deal guaranteed many existing rights of Britons already in Spain such as healthcare cover for pensioners as well as agreeing the uprating of pensions for retired Britons in Spain.
Crucially the deal also covered anyone who makes the move before the end of March 2019, which prompted many Brits who had dreamed of relocating to speed up their plans to get across the Channel before Brexit.
But if the EU gets its way with the transition period – which is likely as Brussels has got its way on most other points of dispute during the negotiations – then at least those making the move can afford a little more time to get it right.
The move to Spain can take many months due to the time it takes to find the right house and even the right part of Spain to live in so movers will be hoping a deal can be struck quickly on any transition period.
So get your skates on guys and make that move to Spain now before its too difficult.
this time next year you could be sitting on the beach…
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Brits Legal Rights Under International Law
British expats would also benefit from existing legal protection under the Vienna Agreement of 1969, which states that the termination of a treaty “does not affect any right, obligation or legal situation of the parties created through the execution of the treaty prior to its termination.”
The House of Commons Library says that “withdrawing from a treaty releases the parties from any future obligations to each other, but does not affect any rights or obligations acquired under it before withdrawal.”
What this means is that expats who have already exercised their right to live in any EU member state will retain that right. So if you moved to Spain prior to the UK leaving, your rights would be protected under international law.
We also have to remember that the UK would under article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, have two years to negotiate any new deals with the remaining 27 member states. 5
The world for expats in Spain will not come to an end overnight as many politicians will have us believe. 👍
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