British nationals in the Netherlands have reacted with dismay to the decision to drop them from draft legislation allowing people caught up in the Brexit chaos to have both Dutch and British nationality.
On Sunday it became clear that British nationals are no longer part of the emergency legislation drawn up by D66 because there is not enough support in parliament to include them.
The new plan, without the British, can count on the backing of the right-wing Liberal VVD, meaning there is majority backing in the 150 seat lower house of parliament.
‘The only we reason we had to drop the British nationals from the proposal – with great regret – was that there was no majority to be found in parliament to make it happen,’ Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, the D66 parliamentarian behind the plan, told DutchNews.nl.
‘Too many parties, unfortunately, oppose this. In other words, we faced the hard choice of either getting nothing done at all or at least getting something done for Dutch people in the UK. I wish it were otherwise.’
British nationals who have been campaigning for dual nationality rights have told DutchNews.nl that they are disappointed.
‘The implications for UK citizens are immense,’ Karen Freel said on Facebook. ‘If NL would like to be an open, progressive outward looking country why shouldn’t people have dual citizenship. Just make sure that the criteria are reasonable. Giving up birth nationality is not reasonable.’
‘Very disappointed is an understatement’, said Trish Tarrant from the British in the Netherlands lobby group said.