What you need to consider if there is No deal or if there is some kind of deal, including country specific information about Sweden.
Social security in Europe is governed by the European Social Security Coordination Regulations which apply to the EU, EEA and Switzerland. These rules will cease to apply to the UK after Brexit.
Who Will be Affected and How?
What Happens Next?
Transitional arrangements will maintain the existing rules until 31 December 2020.
Both the EU Commission and the UK have confirmed that aggregation rights accrued prior to Brexit will be protected. There is no agreement in place for the position for the post Brexit environment. National level negotiations between individual Member States and the UK will be necessary.
Current agreements allow all EU nationals to receive healthcare in the EU country they are living in in the same way as local residents. The UK has confirmed that for 6 months after Brexit they will continue to fund healthcare benefits for UK nationals in the EU (for those in possession of an S1 form). The EU position on healthcare has not yet been confirmed.
Companies will need to consider whether private healthcare insurance will be necessary for relocating employees as well as those undertaking short term business travel.
Country Specific Information – Sweden
Sweden and the UK have a bilateral social security agreement which came into force in 1988. It is hoped that it might be possible to rely on this bilateral agreement after Brexit but this may be subject to legal challenge. It should also be borne in mind that the bilateral agreement does not offer the same comprehensive level of coverage as the existing regulations.
Sweden has confirmed that in the event of a no deal exit, the proposal is for UK citizens to remain in Sweden with the same access to social security arrangements as apply today, for a period of 1 year. For Swedish citizens in the UK the advice is to obtain a statement of UK National Insurance Contributions paid to protect future claims in Sweden.
In a press release today, 11 October 2019, the Swedish Government has announced a proposal allowing Swedish citizens to continue to receive certain social security benefits in the event of a possible ‘no deal’ Brexit. The original end date was 31 December 2019 and the new proposal revises this to a period of six months, calculated from when the UK leaves the EU. We are closely monitoring the developments of the proposal.
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