The European Commission has announced that it has adopted contingency proposals in relation to the EU budget, social security coordination and the Erasmus+ programme in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The Commission said the measures followed call from the European Council to intensify preparedness work at all levels.

In a statement from the Commission today said that given the increasing risk that the UK could leave the EU without a deal, today’s measures would ensure that:

  • UK beneficiaries of EU funding would continue to receive payments under their current contracts, provided that the United Kingdom continues to honour its financial obligations under the EU budget. This issue is separate from the financial settlement between the European Union and the United Kingdom;
  • EU Member State authorities will continue to take into account periods of insurance, (self) employment or residence in the United Kingdom before withdrawal, when calculating social security benefits, such as pensions;
  • Young people from the EU and the UK who are participating in the Erasmus+ programme on 30 March 2019 can complete their stay without interruption.

The statement added that the measures would not and could not mitigate the overall impact of a "no-deal" scenario.

It said the proposals were temporary in nature, limited in scope and would be adopted unilaterally by the EU.