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BREXIT: How does it affect you as a British citizen living in Denmark?

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union gives rise to great uncertainty about the future for all those concerned. In particular, the risk of a possible no deal-scenario is a source of great concern for British citizens and their family members living in Denmark.

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The United Kingdom leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019 (the date for the so called Brexit). After Brexit, British citizens will no longer be citizens of the EU.

Together with the other EU Member States, Denmark has worked to come to an agreement with the United Kingdom on the Withdrawal Agreement. The purpose of the Withdrawal Agreement is to ensure that British citizens who are legally residing in the EU in accordance with the EU rules on free movement on 29 March 2019 can continue to reside in the EU also after 29 March 2019 on terms, which overall correspond  to the current terms.

In November 2018, the British Government and the EU27 reached an agreement on the Withdrawal Agreement. In order for the Withdrawal Agreement to enter into force and provide effects, it must be approved by both the British Parliament and the European Parliament before 29 March 2019.

Read more about the Withdrawal Agreement (deal-scenario)

If the Withdrawal Agreement is not approved, it will not enter into force (the so called no deal-scenario).

It is still the hope of the Danish Government that the Withdrawal Agreement will be approved. This would without comparison be the best outcome for all parties concerned, and in particular for EU citizens and British citizens who have made use of the right to free movement under the EU rules to and from the United Kingdom and their family members. However, on 15 January 2019 the British Parliament voted against the Withdrawal Agreement. It is therefore still uncertain what the next step will be. That depends on the United Kingdom.

The Danish Government has been preparing for all possible outcomes of the negotiations on the British withdrawal from the EU including the no deal-scenario. Necessary measures have been initiated to enable the authorities to manage a no deal-scenario from 30 March 2019.

Read more about how the Danish Government will ensure citizens’ rights in the case that the Withdrawal Agreement is not approved (no deal-scenario)

What can you do now

Under the temporary transitional scheme, which broadly extends existing EU rights, residence documents that have been issued in accordance with EU free movement rules will continue to be valid.

You do not need to do anything now if you have already once been issued with a document or card, which confirms your right of residence in Denmark under the EU rules on free movement.

If you are a British citizen or a family member of a British citizen residing in Denmark under the EU rules on free movement without being in possession of an EU registration certificate (issued for EU citizens) or an EU residence card (issued for third country nationals) respectively, or without having applied yet, you are encouraged to submit an application for such documentation before 29 March 2019. This will make it easier for you to prove that you have a right of residence, and, conversely, make it easier for the Danish authorities to determine that you are residing legally in Denmark on 29 March 2019.

If you are British citizen or a family member of a British citizen with a right of permanent residence in Denmark under the EU rules on free movement, without proof of such right (a letter or a card issued by the authorities), you are encouraged to submit an application to the State Administration before 29 March 2019, if you haven’t already done so.

Applications for registration certificates and residence cards are submitted to the State Administration (see contact information below).

It should be stressed that your right of residence is not lost, if you haven’t been issued with one of the documents mentioned above. Your right of residence is not dependent on the document.

This information will be updated regularly.

Read more about what you can do if you have lost you EU residence document

Read more about the right of residence under the EU rules on free movement (new window)

Questions?

If you have questions about your residence rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, you may contact the Ministry of Immigration and Integration at [email protected].

If you have questions about your residence rights in a no deal-scenario, you may contact the Ministry of Immigration and Integration at [email protected].

You may also contact the Ministry of Immigration and Integration on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.00 -12.00 : 61 98 40 00.

If you have questions regarding acquisition of Danish citizenship, you may contact the Ministry of Immigration and Integration at [email protected].

Read more about the rules on acquisition of Danish citizenship

If you have questions regarding the right of residence under the EU rules on free movement, you may contact the State Administration at [email protected].

Read more about the right of residence under EU rules on free movement (new window)

If you have general questions regarding Brexit, you may contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by e-mail [email protected].

Read more about Brexit on the homepage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (new window)

Sidst opdateret 24.01.2019