Q&A on Employment Affairs and Social Protection Implications of UK Vote to Leave EU


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1. Will the vote by the UK to leave the EU have any impact on my social welfare entitlements?

Following the vote by the UK to leave the EU it is important to stress that all social welfare payments made by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, including pensions and Child Benefit, will continue to be paid as normal.

 

2. If I am living in UK and getting a social welfare payment from Ireland,will the vote to leave the EU have any implications for me?

The vote by the UK to leave the EU will have no immediate impact on your entitlement to payment. 

The operation of the current arrangements for coordinating social security payments between the UK and the other EU Member States, including Ireland, will be one of the matters that will have to be determined as part of the process of negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU.  As this will be a complicated process, there will be no change in the current arrangements for some time to come.

 

3. If I am living in Ireland and getting a social security payment from the UK, will the vote to leave the EU have any implications for me?

This is a matter for the UK to determine as part of the process that will have to be undertaken for negotiating its exit from the EU.   As this will be a complicated process, there will be no change in the current arrangements for the payment of UK social security payments to people living in Ireland for some time to come.

 

4. What will happen if I am posted to work in the UK or if I am working in the UK and Ireland?

If you are currently posted to work in the UK or if you are working in Ireland and the UK, the current arrangements for paying social security contributions will not be affected.

The future operation of arrangements for determining liability for social security contributions in these circumstances will be determined as part of the process of negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU.  These negotiations will be complicated, so there will be no change in the current arrangements for some time to come.

 

5. What will happen if I am living in Dundalk and working in Northern Ireland?

The current arrangements for the payment of Northern Irish social security contributions in these circumstances will not be affected. 

If you become unemployed, the current arrangements for the payment of benefits will continue to apply.  This will mean that if you become fully unemployed, Ireland will be responsible for paying you Jobseeker’s Benefit and if you become partially or intermittently unemployed, Northern Ireland will be responsible for paying you Jobseeker’s Benefit.

The future operation of arrangements for determining liability for social security contributions and for the payment of Jobseeker’s Benefit in these circumstances will be determined as part of the process of negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU. 

These negotiations will be complicated, so there will be no change in the current arrangements for some time to come.

 

6. What will happen if there are significant fluctuations in sterling which affect my means tested pension?

In the event that serious currency fluctuation should arise, resulting in significant negative impact for means-tested pensioners, the Department will take steps to adjust and rebalance the amounts payable to these pensioners to minimise the possibility of hardship.

Last modified:24/06/2016