Getting ready for Brexit

We know many of our customers are thinking about what’s going to happen when the UK leaves the European Union (EU). We’re hard at work behind the scenes to make sure there is minimal disruption for our customers. Here, you’ll find information about our plan to make sure we can continue to serve European Economic Area (EEA) customers after Brexit.

Background to Brexit

The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. At the moment, we use EU passporting rights to carry out business in other countries that are part of the European Single Market*. When the UK leaves the EU, we won’t have those rights anymore – unless they end up being included as part of transition arrangements or the UK and EU come to another arrangement to maintain access to the European Single Market.

Our business in Europe

We already have a bank in the Netherlands – NatWest Markets N.V.**

We’re continuing with our preparations to ensure we’re ready to serve EEA customers from NatWest Markets N.V., in case there is an immediate loss of access to the European Single Market on 29 March – and we'll keep serving all our other customers as we do today.

More information about our plan

You can find more information about our Brexit plan and what it means for you in our customer guide, Getting Ready for Brexit. We will also update this page regularly.

In the meantime, if you need more information from us or you’d like to set up NatWest Markets N.V. as a new counterparty, please get in touch.

You can email us at or speak to your usual contact at NatWest Markets.


* Current EU passporting is provided from NatWest Markets Plc in the UK. The EU passporting regulations apply to countries across the EEA – which includes not just the EU, but also Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway as well as Switzerland (which isn’t in the EU or EEA, but has access to the EU Single Market).

** RBS N.V. was renamed NatWest Markets N.V. on 30 April 2018.


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