Are you a British citizen living in the north with questions about Brexit? The British embassy in The Hague will hold an informational event about Britain leaving the EU and what it means in Groningen at IWCN on 1st November.
By Thomas Ansell
With continuing confusion over the final arrangement between the European Union and the United Kingdom, the exit of the UK from the EU has precious little clarity. As Britain moves forward with its plans to leave the European Union, the British Embassy in The Hague is hosting a series of open forum events in various Dutch cities to inform British nationals about their rights and legal privileges after 29th March, 2019.
The Groningen open forum event, which is free, will be held on Thursday, 1st November, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the International Welcome Center North. Attendees will be given the opportunity to take part in an open dialogue aimed at providing more information about their what their rights and responsibilities are likely to be upon Britain’s exit from the EU.
Leading the discussion will be Stefan Kirchner, the Head of Policy at the Embassy. Kirchner will be joined by Consular Regional Operations Manager Holly Owens and Samantha Tunney, the Consular Regional Policy Advisor. The International Welcome Center North (IWCN), which is a partner of The Northern Times, will host the event at the Municipality of Groningen building at Gedempte Zuiderdiep 98. IWCN staff will be on hand at the event to help answer any questions.
Brexit in the north
There are believed to be as many as 45,000 British nationals living in the three northern provinces of Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland, many of whom live here on a long term basis and have integrated and built lives in the country.
In addition to the local meet ups, the IND (the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service) has started updating its own information pages on Brexit with details on the various options open to British nationals in the Netherlands as the negotiations currently stand.
Thomas Ansell is the Internationalization Coordinator at the International Welcome Centre North and a contributor to The Northern Times.