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Rebordering Britain & Britons after Brexit

The social rights of citizens of the European Union and the United Kingdom. Free circulation of workers and social security after Brexit


This article analyzes the impact of the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit) on the social rights of European citizens. In particular, the consequences of the application of the withdrawal mechanism provided for Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union on the free movement of workers and the coordination of Social Security systems, including public and private pensions and the health system. Although the analysis is made comparing the situation of British citizens and those of the rest of the European Union, the article pays special attention to the Spanish case, due to the strong impact that Brexit has in Spain and its citizens on Spanish soil. In addition, the article explains the different options for future relationship by grouping them into the options closest to a Brexit without agreement and the options related to a soft Brexit, but with a high degree of cooperation. The latter is relevant not only for the case of the United Kingdom, but can also serve as a reference in case some other country decides to leave the European Union in the future.

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