Brexit Deal Fallout: reassurances of the Portuguese government
Last Tuesday, prime-minister Theresa May suffered the biggest parliamentary defeat of a sitting government since the 1920’s. The Brexit deal, discussed with the European Union for two long years, has been rejected by a overwhelming majority of more that two-thirds of the MPs. Next Wednesday, May survived a no-confidence motion tabled by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
Although some commentators say the risk of a no deal Brexit was avoided (specially with the “reassurance” given by the Conservative Party to its leader, in spite of the deal rejection), the fact is we’re almost two months ahead of the deadline. If a deal can’t be accepted and the date can’t be postponed, the no deal is quite possible.
“Keep Calm You Stay”
The Portuguese government has issued a leaflet, directed to British residents, aiming to reassure the Portuguese interest in avoiding trouble. Permanent ‘residents’ with 10-year residency cards will just carry on as normal, while those who did not registered yet should “request the issuance of a registration certificate, which is valid for five years”. Once this five-year period passes, expats will very likely be fully entitled to apply for permanent residency – this is the policy of current government and it is highly unlikely any future government would change this. Yet, after the March 29 deadline, there will a transition period until the end of 2020 for British residents to definitively regularise their situation.
Also, last week, while ministers Santos Silva and Cabrita were issuing tranquilising measures regarding the presence and the movement of British in Portugal (while also taking care of a contingency plan regarding Portuguese companies exporting to the UK, which might be affected), prime-minister António Costa was also with “arms wide open”. Although it is necessary that the British government signals to Europe its will or which is going to be its next step, Costa showed himself in the more positive light he could, underling26 the two nations “mutual dependency” and the need of taking care of imports and exports connecting both countries.