viernes, 20 de diciembre de 2019
EUROCITIZENS DISCUSSES CITIZENS RIGHTS UNDER THE WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT AT THE UK EMBASSY
On Thursday 19 December, five EuroCitizens met HM Consul for Madrid, Sarah-Jane Morris, and citizens' rights specialist, Lorna Geddie, at the British Embassy. We analysed the new scenario resulting from the UK general election which will involve an orderly Brexit on 31 January 2020.
We discussed UK and EU-wide preparation for implementing the Citizens Rights chapter of the Withdrawal Agreement after 31/12/20, the end of the transition period. This will include a joint EU/UK implementation committee and involve coordination by the European Commission of measures for UKinEU taken by the twenty-seven Member States.
There are a series of questions about how the Spanish government will implement the Withdrawal Agreement but both HMG and EuroCitizens aim to clarify these in the New Year. Of particular interest are registration procedures, minimum requirements and resourcing in provinces with large British populations like Alicante. What is clear is that UKinSP after the end of the transition period will have a special immigration status as a finite group protected by the Withdrawal Agreement but it is uncertain how this might overlap with other possible statuses like EU family member or EU long-term residence.
EuroCitizens pointed out concerns relating to data protection and UK/EU coordination on reciprocal healthcare and social security as Britain will be leaving the General Data Protection Regulation. We also raised issues, such as EU-wide freedom of movement and cross-border service provision, to be discussed in next year's UK/EU negotiations and those within the unilateral grant of the UK government such as home fees for UKinEU and family reunification for Britons returning to the UK with EU family.
EuroCitizens will be in close touch with the Embassy team in January to ascertain the details of the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and to communicate these to the 360,000 plus Britons in Spain who will benefit from lifelong protection under the section on citizens' rights.