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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Government's policy is on whether all UK citizens living in the EU after 29 March 2019 and in receipt of a UK state pension will benefit from annual uprating of state pensions irrespective of whether all EU countries make reciprocal arrangement; and if he will make a statement.
The UK State Pension will continue to be payable worldwide when the UK leaves the EU. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, we have the basis on which to maintain State Pension up-rating when the UK exits the EU for those who are already receiving their UK State Pension as well as future UK State Pension recipients. We will wish to discuss State Pension up-rating for individuals not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement in future talks.
As the Government set out in its Policy Paper ‘Citizens’ Rights – EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU’ we wish to secure continued reciprocal arrangements covering the up-rating of State Pensions even in the event of a no deal exit. If we exit the EU in these circumstances, we will up-rate the UK State Pension for those living in the EU in 2019-20.