The orginal letter to the MP:
You have been my MP since you first stood in Amersham, I have however now moved to be with my husband in Northern France, I have been here for seven years so still have eight more years to be able to vote, firstly, please can you give me your governments stance on my health care needs if we leave with no deal, I am retired & am on an S1.
Secondly, please will you give me your view that I will be denied a vote after 15 years living abroad. M.S
Reply from the MP
You asked about access to healthcare for retired UK nationals living in France, in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
There is some uncertainty about the status of current EU reciprocal healthcare arrangements in the event the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated deal, and the UK Government has published some advice, UK nationals living in the EU/EEA and Switzerland: Healthcare (last updated 28 August). The advice notes that S1 certificates may not be valid in the event of no deal, as this will depend on decisions by and arrangements with the relevant host state. The webpage also advises that individuals should go to the NHS website for the latest information on each country. The Government made a Written Ministerial Statement on 19 March 2019, updating on reciprocal healthcare plans in the event of no deal. The following PQ response on 1 April 2019 also provides an update (PQ 237170, 1 April 2019):
Asked by Mr Steve Reed
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether UK citizens living in the European Union and utilising S1 form certificates to access medication for existing chronic conditions will be able to do so in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Answered by: Stephen Hammond
On 19 March 2019, I laid a written ministerial statement (HCWS1429) on the Department’s plans for the continuity of reciprocal healthcare arrangements in the event we exit the European Union without a deal. This statement includes specific guidance for residents and posted workers who hold S1 entitlement forms.
The United Kingdom has proposed to EU Member States and European Free Trade Association States that we should maintain the existing healthcare arrangements, in both a ‘deal’ or ‘no deal’ scenario up until 31 December 2020. This will avoid disruption of healthcare provision which includes access to medication for UK nationals currently living, working, or travelling in the EU. We are also making a guarantee to member states, for the avoidance of any doubt on this issue, that we will reimburse member states for treatments that were ongoing on exit day, for up to one year where this is necessary.
Although we have been very clear that we would like to extend all existing healthcare rules, we cannot unilaterally guarantee all EU Member States will recognise EU healthcare entitlement forms including the S1 after exit day, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Thanks to MS from Nord pas de Calais for this - Note the MP HAS NOT answered the question about votes for life - a further letter has been snet