The UK government will begin advising people, businesses and other groups about how to plan for the possibility of leaving the European Union (EU) without a deal.
Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary, admitted that these are at risk but said he was confident there bilateral deals could be struck with EU member states who would also have a vested interest to protect their citizens living in the UK on EU pensions.
Almost 200,000 pensioners have retired abroad are in receipt of a British pension and reciprocal health care.About 135,000 British pensions are currently paid to Irish citizens who live in the republic.
Ministers have said that publication of the first batch of 25 documents will tackle what they call “hair-raising scare stories” about a no-deal Brexit.
About 80 notices are expected to be released in the coming weeks. This first batch will cover areas including medical supplies, financial services, nuclear safeguards, farming and organic food production.
The EU has already produced 68 notices on “Brexit preparedness”.
The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, but the future relationship between the two sides is yet to be agreed.
In recent weeks, there have been more warnings about what might happen if the UK and the EU have not reached a deal by Brexit day.
These have ranged from health bodies’ concerns about medical supplies crossing borders to the impact of trade barriers on UK farmers.