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Funchal-Brexit Contingency Plan


The Mayor of Funchal, Miguel Silva Gouveia, met this week with the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) to lay the foundations for a protocol that will ensure British citizens residing in Madeira will be able to renew their residency permits in Funchal.

Miguel Silva Gouveia clarified that the meeting aimed ‘to find a solution that will allow the city to implement the contingency plan that was approved in March this year by the Government of the Republic. This allows British citizens, who are residing in Madeira to have their residence permits issued by the municipality of Funchal once the UK leaves the European Union on the 31st of October.’

In a statement, the Mayor said that ‘This preparatory meeting to lay the foundations for a new protocol; to be signed shortly, will see the installation of two kiosks manned by SEF personnel, allowing British citizens to apply or renew their residency here in Madeira. 

Finally, Miguel Silva Gouveia said that ‘it is essential for everyone to understand that the Government of the Republic is working closely with the UK Government and the Portuguese Embassy in London to ensure that Portuguese citizens, and in particular the Madeirans, who are working and residing in the UK have the same reciprocity agreement, and will be treated in the same way as British citizens living in Madeira.

By ensuring that citizens of both countries are protected, the oldest alliance in the world, between Portugal and England will further be enhanced and deepened.’

Samantha Gannon

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Madeira Weekly