I worked for a few years in a few EU28 countries. According to the principle of aggregation of periods each country will contribute to my pension.

I am only 27 and it doesn't seem likely that I am going to retire any time soon and the shape of the European Union once I retire might be very different from today. Brexit will probably happen eventually.

In the year 2060 or so, will the UK still be obligated to pay my pension, even though they are no longer part of EU?

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    I don't think this can be answered at this current point in time since a lot of negotiations surrounding the fine details of Brexit are ongoing, but since I'm not sure if this particular matter has been discussed or not yet I'm leaving this as a comment.
    – Roy
    Oct 25, 2018 at 13:12

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My best guess is "probably not".

My guess is that if you retire in (say) Germany, you will have to claim a UK state pension directly from the UK (separately from the pension you claim from the German government which arises from all your time in EEA countries).

To qualify for the New State Pension in the UK, you need to have 10 qualifying years on your National Insurance record. At the moment, time spent in the EEA effectively counts - I expect that for people retiring after Brexit (or possibly after the transition period), it won't. Thus if you haven't worked for 10 years in the UK, you won't get anything from them.

Either way, I strongly urge you to save into private pension schemes in addition to the state pension - state pensions are likely to get worse, not better.

  • I will wait with accepting this answer until someone provides something better than their guess
    – kukis
    Oct 26, 2018 at 10:31
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    @kukis - That is entirely reasonable, However, nobody can provide better than their guess until the exit agreement is signed (and I don't expect that to happen until December). Oct 28, 2018 at 9:16
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    I am accepting the answer because the guess is the best we have right now and it doesn't seem likely that UK gov will make their minds anytime soon
    – kukis
    May 25, 2019 at 20:05

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