Updated 4 April: The Spanish Government’s Royal Decree detailing No Deal Brexit contingency measures was approved last night by Congress. This will provide UK nationals legally resident in Spain with a 21-month window to register for their new TIE (third country national foreigner ID card) in a system whose details will be announced in due course but which is promised to be “virtually automatic”. The TIE will be a replacement for the green Certificado de Registro, which is why it is essential for British nationals living in Tenerife to be legally registered with the police before the point of Brexit, whenever that might be … possibly next Friday 12 April if there’s no solution to the current impasse. For more information, see the government’s website HERE.

Updated 29 March: This was to have been Brexit Day, but instead it has seen the House of Commons reject Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement on leaving the EU. The House will now reconsider on Monday whether there are alternatives it could coalesce around in a procedure started earlier this week by Sir Oliver Letwin, and if not, whether or not it should revoke Article 50 to avoid the No Deal situation it has already said it will not permit.

Within minutes of the votes, Jeremy Corbyn called for the PM to go and set the date for a General Election. The ERG has called for Theresa May to go even though it voted heavily in favour of accepting the deal – the deal its leaders Jacob Rees-Mogg, Steve Baker and Mark  Francois had excoriated. It is rumoured strongly in Westminster and Brussels that they did so only so that May would keep her promise and go, and then they intended to install an “ultra” Brexiteer in her place and void the deal they had supported.

Other speakers after the result was announced called for a long extension or a People’s Vote, while the SNP’s Ian Blackford suggested revoking Article 50 to “put the brake on”. Of course revoking Article 50 is not a brake to buy time: once Article 50 is revoked that is it. Some MPs and even London mayor Sadiq Khan have called in the minutes following the result’s announcement for revocation followed by a people’s vote but that is impossible because article 50 cannot be revoked simply to buy time. Revoking is something that the ECJ itself has ruled must be “unequivocal and unconditional”. It is a one-off decision, for good.

Meanwhile the breakaway Labour and Conservative MPs who formed the independent grouping TIG have today applied to become a full political party – Change UK. They want to be ready for any and all elections coming up, including the European elections if the UK does take part in them, and a putative General Election if one is called in desperation by the Government under whoever happens to be leading it at the time.

Whatever happens now one thing is clear: the UK has lost the EU’s extension to 22 May, and Brexit will now happen on 12 April with an extraordinarily tight schedule to find any options that MPs might be able to get a majority for and which could avoid No Deal. Even if they do find them, they will be at the mercy of the EU, and whether it will agree the inevitably necessary extension for whatever plan Parliament can come up with. If they refuse an extension for a plan or if MPs fail actually to find one, Brexit will occur automatically as 11 April comes to a close.

Source by Janet Anscombe: https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/brexit-negotiations-affecting-british-nationals-in-tenerife.html

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