Back in 2016, there was disagreement over who would foot the bill for pensions paid out to British members of EU Civil Service. Normally, they would get their pensions from the EU, but due to brexit the EU had (in 2016) taken the following position (according to the telegraph):

But EU officials say Britain would be expected to pay its part of the EU's pension promises when it finally quits the EU.

The article goes on to state:

According to some senior EU officials one compromise could involve the UK paying a lump sum to close its exposure and create a standalone pension fund.

How does Theresa May's brexit deal handle these pensions?

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There is nothing there that I can find that is specific to British members of the EU Civil Service.

What I do see, in Article 142, Paragraph 6, is a provision to be made for the UK to pay a share of pension benefits to all EU civil servants.

For the pensions referred to in the first subparagraph, the payment by the United Kingdom shall be the sum of the net payments made by the Union budget in the preceding year for each beneficiary, multiplied by the United Kingdom's share and by a percentage that is specific to each beneficiary ("specific percentage").


The deal that Theresa May negotiated with the EU and that the UK parliament rejected contained a major payment made by the UK to the EU (about £35-£40 billion) which would pay for all legal obligations of the UK to the EU, and with that payment made, the EU would pay for all those pensions.

If there is a no deal Brexit, and no payment made by the UK to cover its obligations, nobody knows, but it wouldn't make sense for the EU to pay in this situation. I would hope that the UK would pay.

  • Why wouldn't it make sense for the EU to pay? The work was done for that organization.
    – user19831
    Jan 27, 2019 at 22:44

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