Updated 13 October: Two pieces of what will be considered good news by many have emerged today. First, Theresa May has been in Spain meeting Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy, who has confirmed that British residents in the country will have their rights protected. Rajoy said that Spain wanted to keep the impact of Brexit to a minimum, and that the Spanish Government – of which he is now de facto president – was above all concerned to protect the interests of Spaniards in the UK, and that the interests of Britons in Spain would be similarly assured.
Elsewhere, the Polish President of the European Council and ex-PM of Poland, Donald Tusk, has said that the “irrevocable” triggering of Article 50,which starts the two-year negotiating period of the UK’s departure from the EU is not irrevocable at all. There is a clear variation in legal opinion, but the bottom line seems to be that it is a matter of political will and expediency rather than legal determination. The end might be near, but it might not be the end we’re expecting, given Tusk’s comments today.
Updated 11 July: The UK Government has now set up THIS page offering advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe in the wake of the Leave vote. It says, as I say below, that nothing will change for at least two years, but it’s useful to have an official source for people to check up with.
Updated 5 July: I’m just updating this so it’s back on the front page because I’m still getting a lot of emails, most of which are asking the same question: “With the situation regarding Brexit, would it be wise to apply for permanent residency now?” The answer is, of course, that as is clear from the link to the current requirements in the original post below, those living here do not have a choice to “apply for residency” but are under a “requirement to register”.
As such, anyone already living here should be registered with the police anyway, and anyone who is planning to move over cannot guarantee anything by pre-emptively getting a Certificado de Registro now, which would involve a false declaration of residence in Spain in any case. Bear in mind, too, that the Certificado de Registro is a certificate for EU nationals, and so could well have to be replaced by some other requirements once the Brexit procedure is complete and the immigration conditions for Brits as non-EU nationals are confirmed.
The current situation will remain the case while Brexit negotiations continue. After that, as I said in the original post, everything will be determined by negotiations yet to come, and so nothing firm can be said at this point.
Original post 27 June: This is a short post but it will at least allow me to reply to the very many times I’ve now been asked about the situation of Brits in Tenerife now that the UK “has left the EU”.
The UK has not yet left the EU. There has been a referendum which is non-binding on the government, which could, in theory, ignore or overturn it, or simply refuse to implement it. But even if it takes it as binding, nothing will change for the next two years at least.
There is no additional requirement for a work permit or additional documentation, or anything else to enable you to continue living and working here, other than the current requirements HERE.
Beyond that statement, everything else – everything – will have to wait for conditions to emerge from the exit negotiations which have not yet started, and cannot start until the UK starts the exit process, which it has not yet done. Indeed it cannot do so until a statute has been enacted by Parliament empowering the Prime Minster (whoever that might be because David Cameron has said it won’t be him) to issue notice to the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon (see HERE).
Obviously I will post any firm information as and when it becomes available, and I will post it here to keep it all together. In the meantime, I would urge anyone living here who is not registered with the police (and with a Certificado de Registro), or not on a council padrón, to do so immediately.