Brexit would prompt need for expat financial advice
Expats “currently enjoy a range of specific rights to live, to work and access to pensions, health care and public services that are only guaranteed because of EU law. There would be no requirement under EU law for these rights to be maintained if the UK left the EU,” stated the government report.
“If the UK were to leave the EU then the UK government would need to disentangle the regulatory framework from EU law for the financial sector. Regardless of the exit negotiations outcome this would be a large and complex task,” it added.
As it stands, EU law accounts for most of Britain’s legislative framework, with many laws transposed from EU directives – this means that that should the “No” vote win in June, the need for sound and promptly delivered expat financial advice may be greater than ever before.
The Rock has recently celebrated a special date: Gibraltar National Day, which happens on September 10 and marks the anniversary of the 1967 sovereignty referendum, when citizens chose whether to remain under British rule or pass over to Spanish sovereignty. The vote was overwhelmingly in favour of staying British.
This year, over 3,000 Gibraltarians dressed in red and white, honouring their beloved territory’s flag, and filled Casemates Square for a rally. This was then followed by festivities including fireworks, a helicopter drop of petals, and blasts of red and white smoke.
For many retirement savers finding the best way to realise pension plan benefits will be the key to unlocking a financially secure retirement.
Pension transfers, whether from a defined benefit plan into a QROPS, SIPPs or other vehicle, are likely to be an important consideration as part of this process. However, in recent years it has become clear that although pension transfers can be advantageous for many individuals, particularly those who live abroad in the European Union, a minority of advisers are failing to properly examine the question of suitability, thereby resulting in some investors being saddled with an unsuitable product.