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The Portuguese government has approved no-deal legislation to protect the rights of UK nationals in the case of a no-deal Brexit arrangement.

With over 50,000 British nationals registered as living in Portugal and many more being home owners in the country, the Portuguese government is working to ensure that all UK nationals are able to maintain their rights as residents, business owners and property owners.

The new law from the Portuguese government allows the protection and continuation of rights of British nationals and their families currently living in Portugal.

The new laws also extend to healthcare for both residents and also for UK visitors who come to Portugal for holidays or business, which is seen as essential in maintaining the strong ties between the two countries and also helping British tourists who are visiting the country.

Residents in Portugal will still be able to access education, exchange their driving licences and have their professional qualifications recognised.

The British Consul in Portugal, Simona Demuro, said: “At the Embassy we recognise that this is an uncertain time for the British community living in Portugal, but the legislation passed by the Portuguese Government should help UK nationals feel reassured about the continuation of their residency rights if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.”

The law applies to UK nationals who have established residence in Portuguese national territory up to the day the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

The British Embassy in Lisbon and its Consulate in Portimão keep UK nationals informed through the Living in Portugal guide on gov.uk, and also through their Facebook page; Brits in Portugal.

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