EU Countries: British Nationals Abroad

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th April 2016.

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Photo of Viscount Waverley Viscount Waverley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government in the event of the UK leaving the EU what advice they plan to give to UK citizens who work or live in EU member states related to their legal rights generally, their rights related to UK pensions and to medical care paid for under the NHS social security system, and their right to travel across EU without the need of visas.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

UK citizens get a range of rights from our membership of the EU. If the UK were to leave the EU, all of these rights would have to be covered in a successor arrangement. If we left the EU without agreeing what would happen to these rights, it would at the very least bring them into serious question, creating difficulty for UK citizens who relied on them.

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