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Brexit Update 15 March 2019
What does Brexit Mean for Social Welfare Payments and Entitlements?
·         Post-Brexit, including in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Irish and British citizens will continue to enjoy the right to travel, live, and work in the UK and Ireland in the same manner as before. This is because of a long-standing arrangement known as the Common Travel Area.
·         Under the Common Travel Area, Irish and British citizens can move freely and live in either country and enjoy associated rights and privileges, including access to employment, healthcare, education, social benefits, and the right to vote in certain elections. The Common Travel Area pre-dates Irish and UK membership of the EU and is not dependent on it. Both the Government of Ireland and the UK Government have committed to maintaining the Common Travel Area in all circumstances.
·         Ireland and the UK have made new arrangements to replace EU structures. 
·         This means that no matter what happens on, or after, 29 March:
o   Recipients will experience no change to the reciprocal social welfare arrangements between Ireland and the UK.  The rights and entitlements of both Irish and British citizens to social welfare payments will remain as they were before Brexit.
o   Irish and British citizens living in either country will maintain the right to benefit from social insurance contributions made when working in either country and to access social insurance payments in either country. 
o   Payments such as child benefit, which can be exported to the UK (or vice versa), will continue to be exported. 
o   Existing payments will not change and there will be no change in the way we assess new applications.
·         A list of Brexit-related Q&As is available here.
·         Government information on Brexit is available at The site provides clear information on how Brexit will impact on individuals (in the “Brexit and You” section) and on businesses (in the “Brexit and business” section). This website is being updated continuously as the Brexit situation evolves.  
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Last modified:15/03/2019