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Below you will find in chronology the most important developments relating to the Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom. The residence-related consequences of the Brexit are discussed by category - see the menu on the left (employees, students, family members etc.).
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18 October 2018
The Brexit meeting of 17 October 2018 in Brussels did not present a breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations. An agreement must be reached before the end of the year.
19 June 2018
No preliminary questions Brexit
On 19 June 2018, the Council overruled the judgment of the Amsterdam district court where they forwarded preliminary questions to the European Court of Justice about the EU citizenship of British citizens after Brexit (see judgment (in Dutch) here). The judgement concerned British citizens who lived in Amsterdam who requested the municipality of Amsterdam to guarantee their EU citizenship rights after Brexit. The Council acknowledges that the European Court of Justice needs to determine the consequences of Brexit for the EU citizenship of British citizens. However, the Council believes the requests in this specific case are too vague to be assigned. Therefore, the requests cannot be assigned in general and the answer to the preliminary questions will not influence the case. The preliminary questions are not necessary and will not be forwarded to the European Court of Justice.
28 February 2018
European Commission publishes draft Brexit Agreement
On 28 February 2018 the European Commission has published the draft Withdrawal Agreement (henceforth: Brexit agreement) between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK). The draft Brexit agreement translates into legal terms the joint report from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government on the progress achieved during phase 1 of the brexit negotiations.
The draft Brexit agreement deals, among other things, with the residence rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU countries, and their family members, after the Brexit (Part II, Chapter 1). In addition, the agreement contains provisions on a transitional period (Part IV). This period starts once the final Brexit agreement comes into effect and ends on 31 December 2020.
The draft Withdrawal Agreement will be sent to the Council of the EU and the European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group for discussion. Subsequently, there will be negotiations with the UK. The UK will leave the EU on 30 March 2019.
7 February 2018
Amsterdam Court asking preliminary questions on Brexit
The Court of Amsterdam will ask the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) questions regarding the consequences of Brexit for the EU citizenship of British nationals. That is the result of a preliminary injunction procedure brought before the Court of Amsterdam by a group of British citizens living in the Netherlands.
Here you will find more information on the preliminary injunction procedure.
15 December 2017
Start second phase Brexit-negotiations
The Heads of State or Government of the EU Member States decided at the European Council meeting on 14 and 15 December 2017 that sufficient progress had been made to enter the second phase of the negotiations. During this phase, the joint report will be incorporated into a ‘withdrawal agreement’. This agreement (henceforth: Brexit agreement) lays down the arrangements the EU and the UK will make in relation to the withdrawal.
8 December 2017
Outcome first phase Brexit negotiations
After six rounds of negotiations, a joint report on the progress made in the first phase of the Brexit negotiations was published on 8 December 2017 by negotiators from the European Commission and the UK Government. This negotiating agreement - which covered a number of issues - shows that the parties have agreed in principle on the issue of how the residence rights of EU citizens in the UK and of UK citizens in the EU countries, and their family members, can be protected after Brexit.
EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU countries, as well as their family members, will be able - for the rest of their lives - to continue to exercise their rights derived from European Union law, where those rights are based on life choices made before the day on which the UK officially withdraws from the EU. This date has, for the time being, been set for 29 March 2019.
22 May 2017
Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom begin
Negotiations with the UK started on 22 May 2017. The Heads of State and Government of the 27 EU countries designated the European Commission as EU-negotiator and established a set of political guidelines that define the negotiating framework.
29 March 2017
The United Kingdom will leave the European Union
On 23 June 2016, an advisory referendum was held in the United Kingdom (UK) on the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union (EU). A majority of 51.9% of the British electorate voted in favor of a Brexit. On 29 March 2017, the UK officially informed the EU Member States that it wanted to leave the EU and invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU). This article provides for a procedure to withdraw from the EU. According to Article 50 TEU, a 'withdrawal agreement' must be concluded within two years after the notification of the UK.
Do you have questions?
If you have questions about Brexit after reading the information on our website or if you would like to know what these developments mean for you personally, you can contact Hermie de Voer, Mirjam den Besten or Nikki Vreede.