This report covers new legislation in Greece that provides for the rights and status of U.K. nationals in Greece in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit.
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On 26 March 2019, Law 4604/20191 guaranteeing U.K. citizens’ rights in Greece after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU) was published in the official Government Gazette. The law includes provisions both for the case of a U.K. exit with a withdrawal agreement, as well as for the case of a “no deal” exit (“no-deal Brexit”).
The new law settles the future status of British nationals and their family members already living in Greece and those who enter before the U.K.’s exit date and until 31 December 2020, according to existing EU and national rules, and offers them continued rights to stay and work in the country.2
This newsletter addresses provisions affecting U.K. citizens and their family members in Greece. In particular, their entry in, exit from, and stay in Greece.
After Brexit, U.K. citizens will no longer be EU citizens and thus will no longer be able to claim residence in an EU or European Economic Area (EEA) member state on the basis of the EU treaty. As a result, they would be subject to rules and conditions similar to those required for third-country citizens in Greece and the rest of the EU. The Greek law regulates U.K. citizens’ and family members’ rights in Greece, if the U.K. exits the EU either with or without an agreement. Although the rules refer to the initial exit date of 29 March 2019, it is likely that they will apply to the new exit date of 31 October 2019.
There is effectively a window provided during which affected U.K. citizens and their family members can alter their status in Greece and be in compliance with the new rules.
Other issues which may arise as a result of the U.K.’s exit from the EU without an agreement and are not regulated by EU legislation (e.g., access to the employment market, recognition of professional and academic qualifications.) will be regulated by joint decisions of the Ministry of External Affairs and the competent ministry on a case-by-case basis.
1 NOMOΣ ΥΠ’ ΑΡΙΘΜ. 4604 (26 Μαρτίου 2019), ΦΕΚ Α’ 50 (26.03.2019). The law (in Greek) can be found on the HellasTax website at: http://hellastax.gr/archives/84991 . Please note this is a 3rd party, non-governmental, non-KPMG website. Providing this link does not represent an endorsement of this website by KPMG.
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The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Greece.
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