On 27 June 2016, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs (Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken) sent a letter on behalf of the Dutch Government to the Dutch Parliament in response to the outcome of the referendum which was held in the United Kingdom on 23 June in respect of its membership of the European Union.

The Minister indicates that the Dutch government believes it is important that the period of uncertainty regarding how the United Kingdom will deal with the outcome of the referendum is kept as short as possible. In addition, the Minister indicates that the Dutch Government will actively strive for a better Europe and will continue to work towards an European Union that further reforms and focusses on essential topics, such as the creation of jobs and a joint approach regarding security, migration, climate and energy issues. The Minister believes it is essential for the future of the Netherlands to remain a member of the European Union.

View the Minister’s letter (Dutch only), 27 June 2016.