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

A transition period will be in place until 31 December 2020. During this period, all EU agreements and rules will continue to apply to the UK. So you can continue to live and work in the UK. After 31 December 2020 the situation may change, depending on the agreements made by the UK and the EU, and whether you fall under the withdrawal agreement.

After the transition period

If you are already living in UK before the end of the transition period

If you are already living in the UK before the end of the transition period, you fall under the withdrawal agreement. This means that nothing will change for you after the transition period. So you can continue to live and work in the UK. You will, however, need to take action.

If you want to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020, you must apply to the UK government for settled status by 30 June 2021 at the latest. The same applies for your family members if they do not have British or Irish nationality.

You need to have a valid passport or identity card when you submit your application. The Dutch embassy in London is therefore asking Dutch nationals to apply for these documents in good time. You are also advised to retain all documents that show how long you have already lived in the UK, to serve as evidence when you apply for settled status.

Settled status after living for more than 5 years in the UK

EU citizens who have lived in the UK for more than 5 years can apply to the UK government for settled status. This status gives people the right to continue living, working, building up a state pension and using public services in the UK, as they do now. If you have lived in the UK for less than 5 years, you can apply for pre-settled status. After 5 years in the UK, you can convert to settled status.

Coming to the UK after the transition period

If you come to the UK after the transition period, you will not fall under the withdrawal agreement. It is not yet known what the requirements will be for EU citizens who want to go to live and work in the UK after the transition period. That will depend on the agreements that the EU and the UK make on their future relationship. If no agreements are made, the UK government will decide whether EU citizens are allowed to live and work in the UK. The situation will become clearer in the course of 2020.  

Information and advice

The European Commission has published Q&As about the rights of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit.

Dutch nationals who live in the United Kingdom can get information about Brexit from the Dutch embassy in London. The embassy organises regular information meetings. More details are available on the embassy’s Facebook page. You can also contact the Dutch government (see the contact details on this website). Read the questions and answers about Brexit for Dutch nationals in the UK on this website.

For consular matters, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 BZ Contact Centre.

For information about your pension, contact your pension fund. For information about your health insurance, contact your health insurance provider. If you are a student, you can find out about student finance from the Education Executive Agency (DUO). For other questions, contact the institution where you are studying.

If you receive Dutch social security benefits, you can get information about the current rules from the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) and the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV).