The Withdrawal Agreement

The agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community.

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and entered a transition period that lasted until 31 December 2020.

The "Withdrawal Agreement": citizens’ rights

Under the Withdrawal Agreement, EU citizens with a right of residence in the UK, and UK nationals with a right of residence in the EU, will be in full scope of the social security coordination provisions.

Those covered by the social security coordination provisions under Article 30(3) (The Withdrawal Agreement beneficiaries) are:

  • EU citizens lawfully residing in the UK, or who have a right to reside in the UK, on 31 December 2020. This must be residence in accordance with EU law, which includes those residing as a worker, self-employed, jobseeker, self-sufficient person with comprehensive sick insurance, a person with permanent residence, or a student with comprehensive sickness insurance;
  • UK nationals lawfully residing in an EU member state, or who have a right to reside in an EU member state, on 31 December 2020. This must be residence in accordance with EU law;
  • UK/EU dual nationals who, by 31 December 2020, have exercised their free movement rights under EU law before acquiring citizenship in the host country;
  • EU citizens who reside in an EU member state and work as frontier workers in the UK by 31 December 2020 and continue to do so after that date;
  • UK nationals who reside in the UK and work as frontier workers in an EU member state by 31 December 2020 and continue to do so after that date;
  • the family members of those listed above whose residence in the host state is facilitated by the primary right holder under EU law.
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