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Brexit: Ministry to help registration of 5,000 Britons facing disabilities

In view of Brexit, Britons living in Cyprus are continuing to register at the Civil Registry and Migration Department while the Interior Ministry is seeking to facilitate the process for around 5,000 who face disabilities.

At the same time, things are not clear about the way Brexit will affect the next local elections in Cyprus, as many Britons are registered to vote.

Interior Ministry spokesman, Loizos Michael told CNA that the ministry is looking at the moment for ways to address the requests of the British side, in relation to almost 60,000 citizens living permanently in Cyprus, in tandem with British government efforts concerning Cypriot nationals living in the UK.

There is a constant flow of Britons registering with the Civil Registry, Michael said, adding that the process is ongoing and there are no figures for the moment.

A significant number of British expats in Cyprus, estimated at 5,000, face various disabilities which restrict their movement and the Ministry is looking at ways to facilitate their registration, he added.

He also noted that the Minister of Interior Nicos Nouris, who visited recently London, said that the Republic of Cyprus fervently supports a comprehensive agreement between EU and the UK, to address the issues put forward by the British side. He also said that in case this is not possible, we are ready to conclude bilateral agreement, to cover a wide range of issues.

Asked about the next local elections in Cyprus and how Brexit will affect electoral rolls on which many British nationals residing in Cyprus are registered, Michael said that “there is no decision on that, nor is it clear where things are heading.” Ηe reiterated, however, Cyprus’ willingness to find the necessary mechanisms to address these issues.

The spokesman pointed finally to an awareness raising campaign by the Ministry to encourageBritons in Cyprus and Cypriots in the UK to register for the EU settlement scheme, with the contribution of the Press and Information Office and the High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus in the UK.

(Cyprus News Agency)

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