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Barcelona City Council drives the creation of the Brexit Information Point in collaboration with the Government Sub-delegation in Barcelona and the British Consulate General in Barcelona, with the aim of providing information and support to the British community living in Barcelona as well as to businesses and organisations established in the city which have interests in the United Kingdom.
The Brexit Information Point makes two specific resources available to individuals and businesses: a set of practical digital contents with useful links and a face-to-face help desk in Barcelona city.
Brexit: what is it and where are we at?
The term Brexit refers to the UK’s process of leaving the European Union (EU), which started in June 2016 following a referendum.
The negotiations for this exit process were divided into two stages:
- The first, after several extensions and dealing with the conditions for Brexit, finally resulted in the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement reached on 17 October 2019 and the UK’s effective departure from the EU on 31 January 2020,
- The second, focusing on the terms of the future relationship between the two parties, took place during a transition period up to December 2020, provided by the Withdrawal Agreement to negotiate the terms of the relationship. This negotiation resulted in an "agreement in principle" on the text of a new "Trade and Cooperation Agreement", reached on 24 December 2020.
From 31 December 2020 the transition period is over. Now both parties must now advance with the signature and ratification of this Agreement in line with their respective rules and procedures, with a view to its provisional application as from 1 January 2021.
THE CONTENTS OF THE PAGE WILL BE PROGRESSIVELY UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Barcelona’s Brexit Information Point includes a face-to-face help desk. If you wish to use this, you must make an appointment.
Official information for UK nationals moving to or living in Spain, including guidance on Brexit.
Information and advice for citizens and economic operators to prepare for Brexit.
Office of the President of the Spanish government
A compilation of news items, information, legal initiatives and actions to prepare for Brexit.
Brexit-related events and activities
Webinar: Transfer Pricing & Brexit: Rupture or continuity? Brexit will have effects on all aspects of business, but one aspect which companies who do business across various countries, like Spain and the UK, may be particularly interested in is transfer pricing. Companies should be ready to tackle any additional compliance challenges that Brexit may pose, but should also be ready to adapt their structure or strategy to take advantage of any opportunities that it may present. It is for this reason that the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain, in collaboration with Bové Montero y Asociados, is organising an informative online session to help companies understand what effects Brexit is likely to have on transfer pricing. The event will take place on Wednesday 27th January 2021, at 8:30 am UK time, 9:30 am Spanish time. Register at the event through this link.
- Webinar about the UK Border Operating Model (BOM) How can businesses prepare for the end of the transition period? This session is aimed at traders moving goods between the United Kingdom and the European Union to prepare for the end of the transition period. The event detailed requirements such as customs declarations, duty payments, EORI, etc. The webinar also explained the UK’s unprecedented £705 million investment which will fund new UK infrastructure, jobs and technology at the GB-EU border. Organized by the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain in collaboration with the British Embassy the event took place on Tuesday 15th September 2020, at 11 am UK time, 12 pm Spanish time. Have a look at the summary of the presentation.
- Session Brexit and international mobility of employees: is your company ready? Do you know the practical implications? This event organized by the Barcelona City Council with the collaboration of the British Chamber of Comerce in Spain and the British Consulate in Barcelona took place on Thursday March 5th at 9:15 am at Espai Barcelona, in the Business Support Office of Barcelona Activa, located at Carrer de Roc Boronat, 117. 08018 Barcelona. The session examined practical aspects of international mobility of employees (implications in migratory aspects, impact on taxes, changes in social security) .
- The session: 'Brexit: ¿La salida del laberinto?', organised by the Illustrious Lawyers Guild of Barcelona (ICAB), took place on Thursday 13th February. This event was structured as a talk to discuss the practical, legal and juridical consequences of Brexit. The event was attended by experts in procedural and commercial law, civil law, family and inheritance law, as well as institutional and business representatives.
- The event "Preparar-se per al Brexit. Conseqüències i serveis" took place on January 23rd 2020, at the Business Support Office (OAE) of Barcelona Activa. This session was organized by Barcelona City Council in collaboration with the Economic Development Agency of Barcelona Metropolitan Area (Barcelona Metropolitan Area). There was an expert on internationalization from the Catalonia Trade & Investment Agency who explained key elements that companies should keep in mind for Brexit. In addition to that, a new municipal service called “Brexit Information Point” was also presented.
- 13th November 2019 saw the presentation of the 5th Barometer on Climate Outlook for British Investment in Spain, produced by the British Chamber of Commerce in Barcelona. The event was attended by the British ambassador, Hugh Elliot, and Barcelona's Deputy Mayor Jaume Collboni, among other representatives. Have a look at the summary of the presentation if you want to find out what businesses think of Brexit.
- A “Brexit outreach event with British Consol” was organized on November 13th 2019 to get an update on the latest Brexit developments for UK nationals living in the Barcelona area. For more information, click here.
- During the sixth edition of the Barcelona International Community Day, on 26th October 2019, an information session entitled “Brexit: how does it affect us? ”, featuring a talk by the British Consul General in Barcelona, Mr Lloyd Milen, was held as part of the programme of activities. An activity entitled “Preparing for Brexit: questions and answers”, in which interested persons were able to gain direct access to the most up-to-date information from the British Consulate’s team, was also held. For more information, click here.
- The City of Barcelona was be present with its own stand at London's Going Global fair, which was held on 27 and 28 November 2019. It was a useful opportunity to get information about Barcelona and the opportunities that the city has to offer for British businesses.
- Barcelona and Catalonia participated from November 3 to 6 in the World Travel Market in London, one of the main fairs of the tourism sector and an opportunity to meet the destination of Barcelona.