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How you may be affected by the UK leaving the EU (Brexit)

On 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom left the EU. The EU and the UK have negotiated a withdrawal agreement that became effective in connection with the withdrawal.

Transition period during 2020

The EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, or the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, provides for a transitional period in which the EU regulations continue to apply to the UK as well. The transitional period extends until 31 December 2020, with the possibility of extension lasting until 31 December 2022 at the latest. During the transitional period, the social insurance and the rules that apply to pensions will largely continue as before.

Pension disbursement for those who have been receiving disbursements from their pension prior to the start of the transition period are not affected by Brexit during the transition period, however may be affected by other reasons in the same manner as before. If you are applying for the first time for a pension after 1 February 2020, a guarantee pension will only be paid if you reside in Sweden or another EEA country/Switzerland, in other words not if you live in the UK. Disbursement from your income-based pension (income pension and premium pension) are paid out to wherever you live in the world.

The EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement governs a number of different areas, including social insurance and pensions. To a large extent the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement means that those who are encompassed within the EU’s rules at the end of the transitional period (31 December 2020) will be encompassed within them even after the UK has left the EU.

The EU and the UK will now negotiate about what will apply in the future for those EU citizens who have not previously chosen to live and/or work in the UK but will do so after the transition period commences and for those Britons who similarly newly choose to live and/or work in an EU Member State.

Sweden's preparations for Brexit

You can read about the preparatory work for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on the Swedish Government’s website.