How does Brexit impact UK nationals employed in Europe?

At the end of 2020, the European Union and United Kingdom finalized Brexit, where the UK formally left the EU, to once again become an independent nation. 

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At the end of 2020, the European Union and United Kingdom finalized Brexit, where the UK formally left the EU, to once again become an independent nation.  Naturally, this affects many levels of business and personal life for both EU and UK citizens, who had enjoyed many years of open borders and free trade.

As a part of Brexit, there was a final Withdrawal Agreement entered into between the EU and UK to outline how citizens would be treated.  If you are planning on hiring a UK national who is working outside the UK in the EU, then the Withdrawal Agreement and the subsequent Trade and Cooperation Agreement effective January 1, 2021, will apply to your employee.

How Brexit impacts UK nationals working in Europe

Employment law

Employment laws in the relevant EU country would be unaffected by Brexit, as those are internal regulations for employment and labor rights.  However, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement does provide for some mobility of social security benefits, but it won’t be applied as equally or generously compared to when the UK was in the EU...read more

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Tim Burgess

Director, Shield GEO Services Ltd

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