HOC Library briefing paper: Brexit and State pensions

Released 8 November 2017

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper looking at EU law on State Pension entitlement and the possible impact of Brexit.

Entitlement to the UK State Pension is based on an UK individual’s National Insurance record. As part of the EU, the UK is currently part of a system to co-ordinate the social security entitlements for people moving within the EU. The rules also apply to EEA countries and Switzerland. On 26 June 2017, the UK Government published its offer for EU citizens in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU on their rights and status after the UK leaves the EU. It confirmed the UK Government intended that the UK would continue to export and uprate the UK State pension within the EU and continue to aggregate periods of relevant insurance, work or residence within the EU accrued before exit to help meet the entitlement conditions for UK contributory benefits and State Pension, even where entitlement to these rights may be exercised after exit. This briefing paper looks at the current legislative framework and what will happen after Brexit.

For more information and to view and/or download the briefing paper, see Brexit and state pensions.

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