POLL: Are British expats being treated unfairly now that the UK has left the EU?
Due to the treatment they have received in Spain, British expats have been forced to leave the nation and return to the UK. In light of the significant number of people returning to the UK, this website’s exclusive online poll today asks: “Are British expats being treated badly after the EU?” Around 360,000 Britons are registered as permanent residents in Spain, although it is suspected that many more have been residing there unregistered. Since the UK exited the EU on January 1, Britons wishing to relocate to Spain or other EU countries must meet specific criteria, including financial resources and health insurance.
To verify your residency in the EU before January 1, 2021, you must file a residence application to an immigration office.
You will receive a green A4 certificate or a credit card-sized piece of paper from Extranjeria or the police if you registered as a resident before July 6, 2020.
This document is still valid and proves your withdrawal rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.
To travel the bloc, Brits must also apply for a visa, which is valid for 90 days in any six-month period.
Wendy Morton, the Minister for Europe and the Americas, recently travelled to Madrid to meet with the Spanish government about British expats.
“Delighted to meet Europe Minister Juan Barba,” she wrote on Twitter.
“We discussed international policy and the extensive bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Spain, particularly amongst our people.”
“We will continue to work closely to ensure that British citizens living in Spain have access to their Withdrawal Agreement rights.”
Many Britons in Spain are now starting to sell their homes due to post-Brexit difficulties, according to Robert Barnhardt, a property specialist and managing director.
“A lot of retired British folks are starting to sell up,” he explained.
“They used to come down in September or October and stay until April/May to take advantage of the nicer weather for six months.”
“However, they may only stay for 90 days now, and many of them used to drive down.” The Spanish are becoming increasingly rigorous when it comes to foreign-plated cars, particularly those from the United Kingdom.
“A lot of folks have been driving about in the identical English cars down on the country roads where I reside out in the sticks.”
“I mean, I’ve seen these for at least 10-15 years,” said the author of “Brinkwire Summary News.”