Information about Brexit


The United Kingdom (UK) intends to leave the European Union (EU). In 2018, the UK and the EU reached an agreement about the conditions for the UK's withdrawal from the EU (‘Brexit’). The withdrawal agreement has not yet been approved by the British parliament. The 27 other EU countries and the British government have therefore decided to postpone the Brexit date to 31 October 2019 at the latest. If the British parliament approves the withdrawal agreement before 31 October 2019, the UK will leave the EU on the first day of the next month. As from that date, a transitional arrangement will apply until 31 December 2020. During this transition period, all of EU law will continue to apply to the UK. The transition period can be extended once until 31 December 2022.

There is still a chance of a no-deal Brexit. The Netherlands has made special arrangements to mitigate the adverse effects of a no-deal Brexit on current pensions and benefits.

If you receive a Dutch old age pension (AOW pension) or survivor benefit (Anw benefit) and you are resident in the UK, or if you receive child benefit for a child who is resident in the UK, or if you work in the UK with an A1 certificate from the Netherlands, we will send you a separate letter about Brexit. The letter will be sent as soon as the conditions for the UK’s withdrawal are clear: with or without an agreement (‘deal’ or ‘no deal’). However, if Brexit is postponed again or cancelled, we will not send you a letter.

Frequently asked questions about Brexit

If you want to know what Brexit means for your Dutch old age pension, survivor benefit or child benefit, or for your posting certificate (A1 certificate), take a look at the frequently asked questions on this page. These have been answered for both ‘deal’ and ‘no deal’ scenarios.