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foreign open office letter

Foreign Office Open Letter
For Information an Open Letter from Dominic Raab Foreign Sectretary to those living in Spain - 

Brexit: Open letter from the Foreign Secretary to to all UK nationals here
IN UNDER than a month, the will of the British people will be delivered, and the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. This, of course, will be a time of transition.
But for those living in Spain, I want to assure you that, as Foreign Secretary, I am working to ensure that your rights and access to services remain as strong as ever.
From Madrid to Malaga, and Barcelona to Benidorm, 300,000 Britons have made Spain their home. And, no matter what the terms of our departure are from the EU, you will continue to be able to live and work in Spain.
But to make sure your daily needs are met, there are some steps you must take to get ready for Brexit on 31st October. You’ll need to register for residency, check your healthcare cover, verify your passport validity online and exchange your UK driving licence for a Spanish one. To check the specific actions you need to take, and stay up to date, go to the Living in Spain Guide at
In Government, we are doing our bit to get ready for Brexit, too. We are making sure that on 1st November, every British national living in Spain can go on living, working, studying and accessing healthcare.
We are working with the Spanish authorities to make processes as smooth and straightforward as possible, whether you’re applying for residency or a new driving licence.
And we are working with the Spanish National Health System, SNS, to ensure that tourists, students and European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) holders will be able to access healthcare in the same way, at least until 31st December 2020.
We are working hard to reach a deal with the EU. But even if the UK leaves without one, the UK and Spain have each taken steps to ensure you will be able to continue accessing healthcare in Spain, exactly as you do now, until at least 31st December 2020 if you are an S1 form holder.
Of course, every circumstance is unique. And we know that some British people might need extra support during this transition.
We want to support those who may find it harder to complete all the paperwork, such as pensioners or disabled people, those living in remote areas, and those needing assistance with language translation or interpretation.
The Foreign Office has allocated an extra £3m for charities and other voluntary organisations to help these people keep their rights and access to EU services.
You should be checking in regularly with the Embassy in Madrid or local consulates in Alicante, Barcelona, Ibiza, Las Palmas, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, for information on upcoming local ‘question and answer’ sessions, town hall meetings and information stands in supermarkets and on high streets.
And by now, you should also be seeing one of the largest information campaigns in British history, which launched with advice in newspapers and on billboards, encouraging people across the UK and Europe to Get Ready for Brexit.
This is an exciting time, but also one of unprecedented change. We’re getting ready for Brexit on 31st October… and I would urge you to do the same!
John T - Dreaming of A Hole In One  Smile
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And do we believe him?
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Well, at least it was not written by the BBC so that must give it some credence surely?
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Sorry to disturb guys. Would you mind to use PM's or any other platform to share your political views? We all have ours and it would feel so great to express them here but nobody wants to ruin this place just because of the disastrous political situation in the UK.

Thanks John for posting the letter, it could be helpful to others living in Fuerteventura. After all, helping others was the main reason to build this forum, great work everyone! Feel free to post any updates, please.
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I would have thought that most Brits would have been prepared for Brexit on the 31 March.
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I take your point Sam, but my remark was intended to indicate my opinion of the BBC rather than being a political remark.
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With all due respect John, the BBC has nothing to do with the letter. My apologies if I'm too harsh, just trying to keep the discussion Fuerteventura related.

Captain, I honestly hope that most of the expats, living on the island are already prepared for Brexit, no matter when it will happen. Not sure how smooth and straightforward the whole process will be, this is Spain after all, but we simply have to wait and see.
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