The United Kingdom officially left the European Union on 1st February 2020, following the outcome of the national referendum held in June 2016. The entry into force of the withdrawal agreement marks the start of a transition period until 31 December 2020, aimed to negotiate the future partnership between the EU and the UK and provide more time for citizens and businesses to adapt. During the transition period, the UK will continue to apply Union law, but it will no longer be represented in the EU institutions.
While there is still lack of clarity as to what will be the consequences of the UK leaving the EU for older EU citizens living in the UK and older UK citizens living in the EU, we will monitor the on-going debates and inform our members about the possible impact of Brexit on their rights. Notably on the portability of their social rights with regards to employment, unemployment benefit, pension, disability allowance, health and long-term care, poverty relief allowance, etc. We will also support our UK members to remain actively involved in AGE network during and beyond Brexit negotiations.
Useful links :
- Transition period: information from the European Commission
- Rights of EU citizens living in the UK: http://www.eurights.uk/
- Overview of rights of UK citizens living in the EU
- Redistribution of seats in the European Parliament after Brexit
- Impact of Brexit on the European Medicine Agency
- European authorities working to avoid shortages of medicines due to Brexit
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