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Last year it looked like the 474,000 expatriates who retired to 27 European Union countries had their pension increases protected forever and a day. A deal which meant the UK would sign up to the EU Social Security Convention guaranteeing pension payments both to British expatriates abroad and EU citizens remaining in the UK.
There was only one caveat “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” which would prevent this happening and the government’s aim is the commitment would be reflected in the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU. This was emphasised in the White Paper on Brexit in July.
But now the spectre of a No Deal Brexit is again being raised everything is being thrown into the air. Supporters like Liam Fox talk of a country thriving on new free trade but what about the social cost? What is clear is that without a signed withdrawal…
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