Returning expats alone could cost the health service £1bnby Mark Dayan / June 8, 2017 / Leave a comment
Forget the election: whoever wins, 2017 will go down in history as the year Brexit began. Negotiations will start in earnest within the next few weeks, considering the difficult issues of the UK’s divorce settlements and rights for European citizens here and British citizens in the EU. By winter, discussions will begin on our future trading arrangements with our largest market.
These negotiations will touch on every area of government in Britain. The Financial Times reports that we will have to negotiate no less than 759 international treaties, governing everything from crucial components for our nuclear reactors to the wellbeing of swordfish in Chile.
But in the eyes of Britain’s electorate, only one other issue competes in importance with Brexit itself: the state of the National Health Service. Our analysis suggests many of its supporting pillars could be strengthened or weakened by the deal we get—and one of the most alarming statistics relates to the potential post-Brexit cost of healthcare for expats living in the EU.
NHS funding unexpectedly became a major and contentious issue in last year’s EU referendum. The accuracy of the famous claim that we could give the NHS £350m a week currently sent to Europe was questionabl…