Guidance

Benefits and pensions for UK nationals in the EU, EEA or Switzerland after Brexit

This guidance explains the rights of UK nationals in the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to benefits and pensions if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

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UK pensions and benefits

The UK leaving the EU will not affect your entitlement to continue receiving your UK State Pension if you live in an EEA state or Switzerland.

You’ll continue to get your UK State Pension uprated in April 2020, April 2021 and April 2022 if you live in an EEA state or Switzerland and you’re a UK national or an EEA or Swiss national.

You’ll continue to get your UK State Pension uprated in April 2023 and afterwards if you live in Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein and you are a UK national or a national of one these countries and living in that country.

You will carry on receiving other UK benefits you already receive while you are living in an EEA state or Switzerland, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

Pensions and benefits paid by an EEA state or Switzerland

If you are paid a pension or benefit by an EEA state or Switzerland, check with the organisation that pays you to find out what will happen after Brexit.

Annuities and personal pensions from a UK pension provider

Your pension provider should have made plans to make sure you can still get payments from your annuity or personal pension after Brexit.

Your pension provider should contact you if they need to make changes to your annuity or pension or the way you are paid after Brexit. The Financial Conduct Authority has published information on what pension providers need to do to prepare for Brexit.

If you have any questions, contact your pension provider.

UK workplace pensions

UK law allows for workplace pensions to be paid overseas. The government does not expect this to change after Brexit.

If you have any questions, contact your pension provider.

If your workplace pension is paid into a UK bank account, your bank should contact you if they need to change the way you receive your pension after Brexit.

Published 18 December 2018
Last updated 29 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added information about State Pension uprating from April 2023 if you live in Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

  2. Added link to information on what pension providers need to do to prepare for Brexit.

  3. Updated the guidance with information about State Pension uprating in April 2020, April 2021 and April 2022 if you live in an EEA state or Switzerland.

  4. Further improvements to the explanations of the rights of UK nationals in the EU, EEA or Switzerland to benefits and pensions if there’s a no-deal Brexit. There is no change to the guidance.

  5. Improved the explanations of the rights of UK nationals in the EU, EEA or Switzerland to benefits and pensions if there’s a no-deal Brexit. There is no change to the guidance. Added links to sign up for email updates.

  6. Added information about the UK's agreement with Ireland on social security rights.

  7. Added question about receiving a UK private occupational pension in the EU.

  8. Updated the answer to the question about eligibility for in-country benefits paid by a host country.

  9. First published.