NO DEAL: Could see pensioners lose cash payouts

IT could become ‘illegal’ to pay private pensions to British expats living in Spain if the UK exits the EU without a deal, MPs have been told.

Retired expats living in Spain who receive payments into their bank accounts in their adopted countries would be left without any money in a no-deal Brexit scenario.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) claim expats living in the EU ‘might find that they couldn’t be paid their pension’, reported The Independent.

Director General of ABI, Huw Evans, said: “That is a perfectly plausible risk in the future of no agreement is reached in some countries of the EU.”

It comes as Theresa May is desperately defending her Chequers plan from attacks by factions of her own party as she tries to sell it to the EU.

Meanwhile, senior ministers are attempting to draw up new trade deals in Europe.

Evans also noted that tourists would be forced to pay higher rates for holiday insurance as they would lose EU health cards.

He added that a shocking 38 million contracts could be left in ‘legal limbo’ as it would become illegal to pay claims in EU countries.

However, Evans urged that he wanted to “avoid panic” and added that this would not be the case in all EU countries, if the UK were to exit with a no-deal scenario.

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  1. As usual a lop sided article.
    All about how expats would suffer, why not write about how the Spanish economy would suffer!
    Could Spain stand by and let the EU negotiators stop the inflow of funds?
    Even the bit about EHIC not being valid and pushing up holiday makers costs would reduce the numbers coming to Spain or at least reduce what they have left to spend.
    We keep getting articles about UK flights being stopped, what would that do to Spain?
    Let’s hear why Spain needs the Uk to get a good deal from the EU negotiators.

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