John in the Netherlands

I first moved to The Hague in December 1980, when I started a career with an integrated oil and gas company spanning 31 years. In this time I had various assignments in the Netherlands, Malaysia, Scotland, and the Sultanate of Brunei.

Since 1999 I have been resident in NL, and I’m a fluent Dutch speaker. I am married to a Dutch lady and our three children have dual nationality (Dutch/British). One child (29yrs) is now qualified as a medical Doctor (Utrecht University) and the other two (25 and 22) are still at university in Delft and Utrecht. 

In 2011, I joined a Danish company in Copenhagen, where I worked for 5+ years on a weekly commute (made easier by the fact that NL and DK are both Schengen). Since leaving Denmark, I enjoyed a period of sabbatical leave and I’m now considering returning to the workplace in consultancy. The return to work is somewhat driven by the fall in the value of the pound relative to the Euro as a direct result of the Brexit referendum; my pension pot is denominated wholly in GB Pounds. 

I had no right to vote in the Brexit referendum as I had been living outside the UK for more than 15 years. 

I’ve now started the process to get Dutch nationality; this should be straightforward having lived in NL for 15 years and being married to a Dutch national. A Dutch passport will mean that I will not need a residence permit to stay in NL, and it will also make travel within the EU much easier. All predicated on Brexit taking place on 29 March!

John is just one of the volunteers to our Citizens’ Panel. You can read about the experiences of other Britons living in the EU27 visit our Meet the #BritsinEurope feature

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