8 November 2019

Working on the other side of the border: a bureaucratic maze

The Halloween Brexit didn’t take place. However, the lead-up to Brexit made it clear that it isn’t so easy to just cut off EU ties. Because when the UK leaves, it will have big consequences for the way its borders work. Now it is quite easy to travel and move to the UK, whereas Brexit will make this much harder. The free movement of workers is an important idea that the EU is built upon. Maastricht University researcher Bastiaan Didden, studied how the free movement of workers in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany works in practice. He looked into how the EU borders affect pensions, social security and taxes when working across a border.