Brexit update: deal

Earlier this year, the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) agreed on a set of arrangements for the UK's exit from the EU. These agreements are laid down in the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal agreement provides for a transition period during which virtually nothing changes, and all relevant EU laws continue to apply to the UK. The transition period will end on 31 December 2020.

The withdrawal agreement also contains arrangements for the period after 31 December 2020. The rights of citizens who exercised the right to free movement of persons before the end of the transition period (such as UK citizens moving to the Netherlands and EU citizens moving to the UK) will remain protected. EC Regulation 883/2004, which coordinates social security schemes within the EU, will continue to apply in full or in part to these persons.

This means that UK citizens who moved to the Netherlands before 31 December 2020 and are staying or working here legally as well as Dutch citizens and other EU citizens who moved to the UK before 31 December 2020 and are staying or working there legally can continue to work in that country. Their rights to social security will also be protected by the withdrawal agreement.

Information about the deal

The EU and the UK have now also succeeded in reaching an agreement on their future relations. The agreement still needs to be formally approved. The Netherlands as well as the other EU Member States and the European Parliament will study the text of the agreement carefully. The agreement will affect UK citizens who come to stay, work or study in the Netherlands as from 1 January 2021. It will also affect Dutch citizens and other EU citizens who stay, work or study in the UK as from 1 January 2021. These citizens will be treated according to the arrangements made under the deal. The content of the deal is currently being analysed. As soon as the analysis is completed, further information on the deal will follow.