Published: 14 May 2018
Last update: 14 January 2019
On 29 March 2019, the United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU). This exit (Brexit) has consequences for most Britons and their family members who wish to continue living in the Netherlands. On this page you can read more about these consequences and what you can do now. The content of this page will be updated in the event of new developments.
Do you currently have a right of residence in the Netherlands as a British EU citizen, or as a family member of a British EU citizen? Will your situation stay the same after Brexit? You will retain your right of residence up to Brexit. After that, you are no longer an EU citizen (or the family member of an EU citizen).
The EU and the UK are negotiating a withdrawal agreement (deal). On 13 November 2018, the UK and the EU reached a draft withdrawal agreement. This provides, for example, that you can continue to live and work in the Netherlands after Brexit. The agreement will only be final after approval by the British and European Parliament.
In November, all EU leaders signed this agreement. Prime minister May has announced that the British House of Commons will vote on the Brexit agreement on 15 January. Your situation is a top priority for the Dutch government. Consequently, the Netherlands will do its utmost to reach a deal with the UK. A deal scenario with good agreements is the best way to safeguard the interests of British citizens.
You can find out more about the negotiation process and interim agreements on the websites of the Dutch and British governments and the European Commission (see links right). It is possible that there will be no agreement (no deal). Both a deal and no deal affect your right of residence. However, Brexit does not affect your right of residence if you have Dutch nationality on 29 March 2019. Are you in possession of a valid Dutch national residence permit on that date? Then Brexit will not affect your right of residence either, as long as your permit is valid.
Do you already have a right of residence in the Netherlands? Then you can continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands after Brexit. After 5 years' legal residence in the Netherlands you can obtain a permanent right of residence in the same way as EU citizens. With a permanent residence permit you can simply continue your life here.
The IND has sent a letter to British citizens and their family members living in the Netherlands containing information about their right of residence after Brexit in the event of no deal. The letter has been sent to all British citizens (and their family members) who are registered in the BRP. In this letter you can find out what Brexit means for you.
There are two versions of the no-deal letter. Which letter you will receive depends on your situation.
Would you like to find out which residence permit you have? Please visit www.vreemdelingendocumenten.nl.
You should receive the information letter in the week of 14 January 2019. This letter is already available online at the links given above. Read news article of 14 January 2019.
For more information on the consequences of Brexit on the existing residence possibilities in the Netherlands, please visit the page existing residence possibilities and consequences of Brexit.
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Do you have any questions about your right of residence? Call the IND Brexit information line: +31 (0)88 04 30410. This number can be reached from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
On Government.nl you can find more information on other topics that may be relevant to you.
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