The effects of Brexit on social security coverage for Kela’s clients

Kela will provide further information about the effects of Brexit in different situations when more information is available.

As of 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom will no longer be a member of the EU if the British Government upholds the decision to withdraw from the EU.

The end of the EU membership affects the rights and obligations as regards social security for persons who move between the United Kingdom and the EU countries, including for instance the entitlement to benefits or the determination of the country to which social insurance contributions should be paid.

If the EU and the United Kingdom cannot agree on the transition period and the procedures during the transition, there are no international agreements or provisions governing the situation after Brexit. A Brexit without an agreement would mean for instance that the entitlement to benefits from Kela for persons who move between the United Kingdom and Finland would henceforth be determined for the most part according to national provisions in the same way as for other countries without an agreement on social security. More information about the determination of the entitlement to social security when there is no agreement on social security is available on Kela’s website at www.kela.fi/web/en/international-situations.

However, negotiations between the EU and the United Kingdom are still continuing, so the end result is not yet certain. Kela follows the situation and cooperates with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health as the negotiations progress.

Kela will provide further information about the effects of Brexit in different situations when more information is available. Further information about the current situation is available on the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health at www.stm.fi/brexit.