July 2016 - EU Restrictions Cease to Exist


A Joint statement issued by leaders of European institutions confirms that there will be no renegotiation on the terms which included proposed benefit restrictions for EU migrants following the European Union (EU) referendum. This means the UK settlement agreed at the European Council in February 2016 will not now take effect and ceases to exist.

Following a meeting in Brussels today between Donald Tusk (President of the European Council), Martin Schulz (President of the European Parliament), Mark Rutte (holder of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU), and Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission) a joint statement was been issued saying they now expect the United Kingdom government to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union which sets out the procedure to be followed if a Member State decides to leave the EU. According to the Treaties which the United Kingdom has ratified, EU law continues to apply to the full to and in the United Kingdom until it is no longer a Member.


The UK Settlement agreed in February included terms relating to restrictions on EU migrants rights to in-work benefits and to child benefit and included an emergency brake on access to in-work benefits to limit the access of newly arriving EU workers to non-contributory in-work benefits for a total period of up to four years from the commencement of employment and with regard to the exportation of child benefits to a Member State other than that where the worker resides, an option to index such benefits to the conditions of the Member State where the child resides.

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