Eurostar will delay launching a direct rail link from Amsterdam to London until the beginning of 2020, as a result of Britain’s impending withdrawal from the European Union in March, which will require stricter passport control checks before entering and exiting the Schengen Zone.

Currently, there are two trains a day going direct from London to Amsterdam, but from Amsterdam to London travellers are required to change trains in Brussels.

A trilateral agreement between the UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands should have been in place by the end of 2018, roughly to correspond with a service to Amsterdam and Rotterdam that was introduced in April. An additional service was planned for June 2019 but is now up in the air as the question of the freedom of movement remains unresolved.