Parliament votes for contingency measures on social security coordination in case of a no-deal Brexit.

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MEPs voted today in favour of a series of contingency measures in the field of social security coordination following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This regulation aims to safeguard the social security entitlements of Union citizens regarding facts or events that occurred and periods of insurance, (self) employment or residence completed before the withdrawal date with Member States continuing to apply the core principles of EU social security coordination.

The Regulation does not provide for any entitlement after March 29th 2019, as there is, as yet, no formal agreement between the EU and the UK covering that situation. This is creating enormous concerns for those whose rights and entitlements will change on March 30th 2019 if no agreement is found between the EU and UK.

MEP Marian Harkin, co-rapporteur on this file said:

“Europeans who have exercised their right to free movement must not become collateral damage in any Brexit scenario. That is why we in the Parliament have worked with the Commission and Council to help ensure that social security benefits and entitlements are maintained for all post Brexit.”

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