Dutch government assures rights of British expats in event of no-deal Brexit

Pedro Gonçalves
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Dutch government assures rights of British expats in event of no-deal Brexit

British expats in the Netherlands will be able to continue to live in the country in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Dutch government has said.

All British with the right to live in the Netherlands on March 29 would still be able to live there after. An estimated 45,000 British adults in the Netherlands could expect a letter to arrive before Brexit day from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) that would serve as a temporary residence permit, in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.  During the 15 month transition period, these expats would be invited to apply for a permanent residence permit that would cost €57 (£51).

The British in the Netherlands campaign group said: "After two and a half years of living in limbo many UK citizens resident in the Netherlands expressed their relief and said that for the first time they would actually be able to sleep properly at night."

The Dutch government has also assured that any British nationals receiving child or health allowances would maintain these benefits in the event of a no-deal. However, the 

The Netherlands joins Italy and Germany as EU countries that have so far confirmed that UK citizens will be allowed to remain even if Britain leaves without a deal with Brussels.  France has vowed to uphold British citizens right in the country as long as the move is reciprocated. Spain assumed a similar stance.

The IND has asked British citizens to wait to be invited to apply for permanent residence so that the application process runs without any issues.