Brexit Bear notes that everything is under control

14 Oct 2019

Brexit Bear notes that everything is under control and the Irish have agreed a “no deal compromise” (for the self-employed) and wonders why we couldn't have done this or be doing this for everything else. But then he thinks maybe we are, but it's just too much for a bruin-brain…

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there may be changes for UK self-employed workers working in the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

This will mean self-employed workers may need to make social security contributions in both the UK and the EU, the EEA or Switzerland at the same time.

The UK Government is working to protect UK nationals in the EU by reaching reciprocal arrangements with the EU or Member States to maintain existing social security coordination for a transitional period until 31 December 2020. Individuals in scope of these arrangements will only pay social security contributions in one country at a time.

For a UK or Irish national working in Ireland, the position will not change after Brexit as they will be covered under the international agreement signed by the UK and Ireland in February 2019 – they won't need to take any action.