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Citizens

Spain is the country of residence for the largest community of British citizens in Europe and a significant number of Spanish people reside in the United Kingdom.


For the Government of Spain, the question relating to the preservation of the rights of those citizens who exercised their right to free movement before the withdrawal of the United Kingdom constitutes a priority and the contingency measures being drawn up seek to achieve this goal.

Spanish citizens in the United Kingdom

  • The negotiated Withdrawal Agreement preserves the rights of Spanish citizens who have exercised or exercise their right to free movement in the United Kingdom. The European Commission has drafted a document with the most frequently asked questions and answers on the rights of EU and British citizens following Brexit in the event of an agreement.
  • In the case of withdrawal without an agreement, the Government of Spain is working with the European Union, with the United Kingdom and internally on contingency measures to guarantee the rights of Spanish citizens who exercised their right to free movement before the withdrawal date.

  • Spanish citizens in the United Kingdom can obtain more information at the Spanish Embassy in London  and from the British authorities as to what actions to take. They can also obtain useful information on the web page of the British Government.

British citizens in Spain

  • The negotiated Withdrawal Agreement preserves the rights of British citizens who have exercised or exercise their right to free movement in Spain. The European Commission has drafted a document with the most frequently asked questions and answers on the rights of EU and British citizens following Brexit in the event of an agreement.
  • In the case of withdrawal without an agreement, the contingency measures the Government of Spain is working on seek to safeguard the interests of British citizens who, prior to the date on which the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union takes place, exercised their right to free movement and reside in Spain.

  • Useful information can be obtained on the web page of the British embassy in Madrid for those British citizens who are in Spain.