Spain says it will ease residency for Britons in case of no-deal Brexit

Baku, March 1, AZERTAC

Spain said on Friday it would allow British citizens living in the country to stay on if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, giving them until the end of 2020 to apply for permanent residency and making it automatic for many, according to Reuters.

Spain has one of the largest British expat communities in the EU.

Spain plans at first to allow British nationals to stay if they hold a simple certificate of residency delivered to them.

If they don't hold such a document, they can still stay on until their situation is resolved.

British nationals and their families would then have to apply for a foreigner's identity card by the end of 2020, to establish their permanent right to stay in the country.

If they already had permanent residency rights in Spain, the process will be "nearly automatic," the draft decree said. In other cases, temporary residency will be granted.

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