Operation Yellowhammer: What it means for UK citizens living in the EU

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UK nationals will lose their EU citizenship and proper to entry healthcare overseas in the occasion of a no-deal Brexit.

Operation Yellowhammer, a five-page leaked authorities doc, outlines potential ‘worst case’ outcomes if the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal on October 31.

The papers reveal that UK nationals living, working, learning or travelling throughout the EU will lose rights to entry a variety of providers.

Certain EU member states and the European Commission have confirmed they won’t proceed present healthcare agreements for UK state pensioners and vacationers, say the paperwork.

However, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) admitted it was unclear what Brits can be provided from particular person EU nations below a no-deal state of affairs.

Many in want of pressing care will likely be handled however might face ‘substantial costs’ and ‘disruption’, add the papers.

Some member states would require proof of residency, personal insurance coverage or employment to make sure healthcare is acquired.

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Many will lose entry to healthcare overseas (Picture: Getty)

Although all member states have handed legislative proposals on different considerations, not all have handed legal guidelines which might safe the rights of UK nationals in a selected nation.



The authorities admits that some UK nationals living overseas would ‘need to take action now’ to make sure they obtain entry to providers, whereas others could not – relying on the nation they’re presently residing in.

However, it stated that language boundaries and complicated processes are that means many Brits are usually not taking motion fast sufficient.

The FCO states in the paperwork: ‘UK nationals will lose their EU citizenship and, consequently, can anticipate to lose related rights and entry to providers over time, or be required to entry them on a unique foundation to now.

‘All MS have now printed legislative proposals, however not all have handed laws to safe all rights for UKNs.

‘There is a combined image throughout MS in phrases of the degree of generosity and element in the laws. In some MS, UKNs have to take motion now, while others they don’t.

‘Complex administrative procedures inside MS, language boundaries and uncertainty relating to the UK political state of affairs are contributing to some UKNs being gradual to take motion.

What does Operation Yellowhammer warn of?

  • Three months of disruption at Channel crossings
  • Two-and-a-half day delays for lorries coming into the UK
  • Immigration delays for UK vacationers heading to Europe
  • Rise in protests and public dysfunction
  • Disruption to gasoline provides
  • ‘Significant’ electrical energy value rises
  • ‘Severe extended delays’ to medication provides
  • Animal illness outbreaks
  • Reduction in provides of recent meals
  • Supermarket value rises
  • Panic-buying
  • Lack of unpolluted water as a result of failure in provide of chemical compounds
  • Breakdown in sharing of regulation enforcement knowledge with EU nations
  • Gibraltar not ready sufficient
  • Fishing wars between UK and EU vessels
  • Hard border in Ireland

‘There will likely be gaps in each substance and understanding.



‘Demand for assist from HMG will improve considerably resulting in a rise in consular enquiries and extra complicated and time-consuming consular help lessons for weak UKNs.

‘Cross HMG support, including continued close engagement and clear communications messaging from UKG departments and the DAs will be needed to help manage the demand.’

However, Brits claiming their state UK pension overseas will nonetheless proceed to obtain it in the occasion of no deal.

The Department of Work and Education provides: ‘An EU Member State would continue to pay a pension it currently pays to a UK national living in the EU.’

The Department of Health and Social Care continues: ‘The fee and particular person Member States don’t agree to increase the present healthcare preparations for UK state pensioners and vacationers past 31 October 2019 and refuse gives by the UK to fund remedies.

‘Member States take no additional motion to ensure healthcare for UK nationals and deal with them in the identical method as different third nation nationals.

‘UK pensioners, staff, travellers and college students might want to entry healthcare in other ways, relying on the nation.

‘Healthcare could require folks to exhibit residency, present or earlier employment, enter a social insurance coverage scheme, or buy personal insurance coverage.

‘Member States ought to deal with folks with pressing wants, however could require them to pay after the truth.

‘There is a risk of disruption for patients and a minority could face substantial costs.’

Implications of Operation Yellowhammer



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