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UK-EU Negotiations: What Can the UK Expect from the Netherlands?

Chatham House, London


Caroline de Gruyter, Europe Correspondent, NRC Handelsblad  
Chair: Quentin Peel, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House


The Netherlands and the UK are often considered close allies in Europe who share a vision of a more economically liberal EU, which minimizes regulation, is ambitious on trade, and has an Atlanticist outlook. With the UK now on its way out of the EU, the Netherlands is losing one of its most important EU partners. The country also has a strong eurosceptic movement; although the radical right anti-EU Party for Freedom (PVV), led by Geert Wilders, did not poll as well as expected in the recent Dutch elections, it still came second and remains an important player in Dutch politics.

The speaker will examine the Dutch perspective on Brexit and what the UK can expect from the Netherlands in the upcoming negotiations. She will also reflect on the changing attitudes towards the EU more generally and the likely impact of Brexit on the European project as a whole.

This is part of a series run by the Europe Programme on ‘Britain and Europe: The Post-Referendum Agenda’.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.