What happens if my UK pension company can no longer passport into France?
General , Retirement
The official response to this was that the Government are in constant talks with the financial institutions to try and resolve this, but there is no guarantee at this point that there will be a resolution and in fact there was an article published this week in International Investment that states the government White Paper “has confirmed that its negotiations with the EU27 over Brexit will see it aim to end passporting rights for financial services”.
Now this is a very broad statement and there are moves afoot to negotiate cross-border dealings within the financial industry, but if there comes a time when deals are made and passporting is not included then this could cause a few headaches for many expats who are already receiving their pensions or getting ready to start.
There may be a simple solution to this problem, in that you could have your UK pension paid into a UK bank account and then face the issue of fluctuating currency rates when you need to transfer it to your French account, or you may need to consider a more permanent solution and transfer your pension into an International SIPP (self-invested personal pension) or a QROPS (Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme). Which of these will suit your needs is dependant on your individual circumstances and it may not be a possibility or in your best interests to do this, but if you are at all concerned about this then please get in touch and we can talk you through your options. All initial consultations are without obligation or cost and we may be able to provide a simple solution that you hadn’t thought about before.
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The United Kingdom finally left the European Union on 31 January 2020. As such, the two jurisdictions are now in the process of implementing the Withdrawal Agreement, with the transition period ending at the close of 31 December 2020.
This means that in the short-term, nothing really changes for UK expats in the Netherlands – they will continue to enjoy the protections and freedoms of EU regulations, including, crucially, freedom of movement and the right to work and study in the country. Find out more about how Blacktower can help you during Brexit, here.
However, following the end of the transition period – i.e. after 31 December 2020 – UK nationals and their family members who live in the Netherlands will require a residence document. This should be arranged through the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), which, in theory, will be sending letters to all UK nationals in the Netherlands detailing how they can apply online.