Parliament Debates Bill Regulating Residence Registration for UK Nationals

By 11 December 2020
Parliament Debates Bill Regulating Residence Registration for UK Nationals
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ZAGREB, Dec 11, 2020 - In a brief debate at the end of the working week on Friday, Croatian MPs endorsed amendments that regulate the registration of residence for UK nationals due to the country's exit from the EU.

The bill on nationals of the European Economic Area member-countries and their family members regulates procedures to apply for temporary/permanent residence for UK citizens and their families and related matters, said Zarko Katic, a state secretary at the Ministry of the Interior.

According to the ministry's data, on 10 December 1,133 UK nationals were living in Croatia, of whom 773 had temporary residence and 360 permanent.

The deadline to regulate one's residence status is 30 June 2021 and temporary residence permits will be issued as they are issued for third-country nationals, Katic said.

Stephen Nikola Bartulica of the Homeland Movement said during the debate that Brexit had occurred because Brits were dissatisfied with the functioning of EU institutions, could not accept the erosion of their sovereignty and had noticed that the European project had diverged towards centralisation of powers.

"Even in the pandemic Brexit has had its advantages, they are getting vaccinated first and are not waiting for decisions of the regulatory bodies in Brussels," said Bartulica.