Can I still live and work in the Netherlands after Brexit?

If the withdrawal agreement comes into effect, you can continue to live and work in the Netherlands. Brexit will not affect your right of residence and your right to work in the Netherlands.*

Keep your right of residence by working in the Netherlands

After the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU there may be a transition period until 31 December 2020. During this period, EU rules and regulations will continue to apply in the UK. If you have lived in the Netherlands for less than five years when the transition period ends, you could lose your right of residence if you stop working. This is already the case now, so Brexit will not change the current situation.

* Arrangements on citizens’ rights not yet final

This answer is based on the provisions covering citizens’ rights in the withdrawal agreement. The UK government and the 27 remaining EU member states have endorsed this agreement. Now, the European Parliament and the British parliament must approve it.

Only after that will the arrangements enter into force.

If no agreement is concluded (‘no deal’ scenario)

If the EU and the UK do not conclude an agreement, the Dutch government will introduce a 15-month transition period for British nationals in the Netherlands. This period will last until 30 June 2020.

British nationals who were legally resident in the Netherlands before the UK’s withdrawal will retain their right to live, study and work here. This will also apply to family members of British nationals who are not EU citizens themselves.

All British nationals and their family members will be written to at some point during the transition period by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) and invited to apply for a residence permit. To receive this permit, British nationals will need to meet the same residency requirements as those that apply to EU citizens. This means that all British nationals who are legally resident in the Netherlands will continue to be able to live, study and work here. Your employer will therefore not need to apply for a work permit on your behalf.

Postponement of Brexit: no consequences for right of residence

On March 21, 2019, the EU agreed to postpone Brexit. This means that UK nationals in the Netherlands retain their rights as EU citizens to live, work and study in the Netherlands during the postponement period (Dutch) at least until the date of Brexit. They do not need the temporary residence permit from the IND during the postponement period.