The United Kingdom will allow visa-free access for European citizens who want to stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days in a row and 180 days a year.
The commercial agreement established between the United Kingdom and the European Union will allow the mobility of European and British citizens for short stays (maximum 90 days in a row), there is still no agreement for long stays.
This pre-Brexit agreement reached between the two parties, the details of which were made public this Saturday, establishes that the UK will allow visa-free access for European citizens who want to stay in the country for a maximum of 90 straight days. and 180 days a year.
In the same way, British citizens will be allowed to stay for a short time in countries that are part of the European Union (EU), according to the Spanish news agency Efe.
However, according to the document, the United Kingdom has refused to include a specific item relating to mobility between British territory and the Community space, not committing, in writing, to facilitating long-term stays, except for temporary movements of people with commercial purposes.
Thus, the agreement does not cover the right of EU citizens to enter (with or without a visa) to work, reside or remain in the United Kingdom, nor vice versa.
However, if at some point the United Kingdom decides to introduce the visa requirement for citizens of at least one of the EU countries, it will activate the reciprocity mechanism and a set of response measures at the European level will be applied immediately.
Despite these difficulties, the two parties agreed on social security coordination measures to protect the rights of EU citizens or British citizens staying, moving, or working temporarily in another country after January 2021.
The European Union and the United Kingdom reached an agreement on Thursday on the future relationship in the post-‘Brexit ‘, four and a half years after the British people decided the’ divorce ‘of the European bloc, after a relationship of more than four decades.
The document will now be ratified by the European Parliament and approved by British MPs next week so that it can enter into force on 1 January 2021.