Kilkis wrote:I think it is pretty safe to assume that there are two categories:
1 Those living legally in an EU country before the end of 2020 and who continue to do so. They will receive their UK State Pension uprated as now in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement.
2 Those who relocate to an EU country after 31 December 2020. They will not be covered by the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement and so their UK State Pension will only be uprated if the UK agrees a reciprocal pension agreement with the whole EU as part of the future relationship negotiations OR, failing an EU wide agreement, the UK reaches a reciprocal pension agreement with the particular country where they live.
The UK government only uprates pensions of people living in countries that have a reciprocal pension agreement with the UK. The Withdrawal Agreement IS a reciprocal agreement that includes pensions but which only applies to a certain group of people so only that group benefit from it. If the government does not uprate pensions for people covered by the Withdrawal Agreement then they are in breach of that Agreement. Also, if the letter is as you have described, Tom, and applies to every UK State Pensioner wherever they live then it is also in breach of a dozen or more reciprocal agreements with other countries.
I would contact the Embassy in Athens, Tom.
PS Investigating further, there was a UK Gov article in 2019 describing what would happen in the event of no Withdrawal Agreement that did talk about uprating ending in March 2023. That article is still on the Internet but has a statement:
This news article was withdrawn on 29 January 2020
There is a new article. That article makes it clear uprating applies as long as you continue to live in the EU country you are legally resident in by the end of 2020.
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