Can I apply for British nationality without losing my Dutch nationality?

December 24, 2020, 4 pm: The information on this page will possibly be updated in accordance with the partnership between the EU and the UK.

You automatically lose your Dutch nationality if you voluntarily acquire British nationality as an adult. There are three exceptions:

  • you were born in the United Kingdom and it was your principal country of residence when you acquired British nationality;
  • the United Kingdom was your principal country of residence for an uninterrupted period of at least 5 years before you reached the age of 18;
  • you are acquiring your spouse’s or registered partner’s British nationality.

A minor who acquires British nationality will not lose their Dutch nationality if one of their parents holds Dutch nationality.

More information about losing Dutch nationality

You can read more about losing Dutch nationality in the factsheet Can I automatically lose my Dutch nationality? (PDF, 134 kB).