With 100 days until the end of the Transition Period on December 31st, Elliott recorded a message for Brits in Spain in which he sought to reassure those living and to remind those that haven't yet done so, to make sure they are properly registered as a resident.
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Speaking about the continuing negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU, the Ambassador said: “I want to reassure you that your rights as UK nationals living in Spain are already protected under the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU. And that both the UK and Spanish Governments are fully committed to implementing the citizens’ rights provisions in the Agreement.”
The Ambassador reminds UK Nationals of the need to register as a resident as soon as possible and addressed the problems experienced by many in getting an appointment.
“You’ll have heard me say this many times but I’m going to say it again,” Elliott emphasized in the video the crucial step required to protect your rights.
“If you are living in Spain and haven’t already done so, you must register for Spanish residency as soon as you can, please,” he urged. “I know that many of you are struggling to get residency appointments,” he acknowledged.
Importantly, he said that those who were unable to complete the process before the end of the year would still be protected if they can prove that they were resident here by December 31st.
“If you are unable to complete the registration process before the 1 st of January you will still be protected by the Withdrawal Agreement as long as you can prove that you were legally resident in Spain before the end of 2020,” he said. “So we recommend making sure that you have your documentation in place, like your padron certificate that demonstrates that.”
For those who are struggling, the UK government has provided funding for organisations to provide practical support to UK nationals who may have difficulty completing their residency application or registration in Spain.
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