British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 42 of the Government's policy paper entitled Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU, published on 26 June 2017, whether UK citizens and their family members covered by EC Regulation 883/2004 on the coordination of social security systems who, at the date of entry into force of the Withdrawal Agreement, are in receipt of exportable benefits such as attendance allowance, carer's allowance, disability living allowance or winter fuel payments will continue to enjoy receipt of those benefits; and whether after the date of entry into force of the Withdrawal Agreement, any new claimants from UK citizens living and working in the EU will have their eligibility for those exportable benefits continued indefinitely.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The Government has made clear in its offer on Citizens’ Rights that it intends to protect the right of UK nationals and EU migrants already exporting a benefit at the specified date to continue to be able to export that benefit when the UK exits the EU, subject to on-going entitlement to the benefit.

In most cases, UK nationals in other EU Member States are currently entitled to receive benefits from the country in which they are living and working. What happens to these arrangements after exit is a matter to be discussed with our EU partners.

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