Sunday 15 December 2019

British election results mean we can 'now get on with Brexit' says Dutch PM

British election results mean we can 'now get on with Brexit' says Dutch PM

Boris Johnson’s massive win in the UK general election means that the Brexit process can now be accelerated, which is something ‘everyone has been waiting for,’ Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said on Thursday evening. Rutte, speaking to reporters on the fringes of an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels, was reacting to the BBC exit poll giving the Conservatives a majority in parliament. Asked if he was relieved or saddened by the result, Rutte said: ‘Neither. It was more taking... More >

Gun gets mayor partner community service

The partner of Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema has been given 40 hours community service for the illegal possession of a hand gun. Film producer Robert Oey had taken the gun, a film prop which had been disabled, to his home, where it was found by the couple’s 15-year-old son. The boy was picked up by police this summer after neighbours reported he and a friend were vandalising an abandoned houseboat. He threw the gun away when he ran off. The... More >

Dutch employers welcome Brexit clarity

Dutch employers organisations VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland said in a statement it is ‘fortunate’ that the Conservatives have a clear majority, which allows the Brexit process to move on. But the organisations said they ‘are concerned about the approach the British government will take’ to the trade treaty negotiations with the EU. While hoping for a speedy agreement, the organisations said it is more important to make sure there is a ‘good agreement than a fast agreement.’ ‘Delay is an option... More >

Police officers arrested for press leaks

Two police officers from the Noord-Holland force have been arrested in Haarlem for leaking confidential information to the NRC. One of the two played an important role in exposing problems with discrimination and racism at the Hoefkade police station in The Hague earlier this year and was moved the Haarlemmermeer force in September, the paper said. The same month, she made a formal complaint about being sexually assaulted by her team leader. He is currently being investigated. A colleague who... More >

Suspected gangster shot dead in Amstelveen

Gunmen have shot dead a suspected gangster in Amstelveen, killing him next to his car outside the Health City gym. A four-year-old child was in the back of his car at the time but was unharmed. Police say the killing, which took place shortly after 5pm, is likely to be gang related. According to the Parool the victim was a Dutch Moroccan criminal named Rachid Kotar, a member of a gang embroiled in a long-running conflict with the Netherlands’ most... More >

'We've lost our minds', say Brits in NL

British nationals in the Netherlands have been turning to social media to express their feelings following Thursday night’s British election results which will see Brexit become a reality at the end of January next year. Some 49,000 first generation British nationals currently live in the Netherlands. ‘Gutted beyond words. What happened to the British people? We’ve lost our minds,’ said one woman on Facebook. ‘No fan but hey – at least we are one step closer to knowing where we... More >

Police arrest Irish 'handymen' gang

Police have arrested four Irish nationals at a hotel in Badhoevendorp near Amsterdam on suspicion of ripping off home owners about emergency repairs. The four, aged 19 to 36, were picked up in dawn raids. Police also found promotional leaflets, cash, telephones and simcards stashed in the hotel rooms. The group posed as handymen who cold-called on homes, often lived in by elderly people, and convinced them to have work done on their property. Once working on a relatively simple... More >

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