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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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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 the withdrawal date can continue to reside in the EU also after this date 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.

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 moved to and from the United Kingdom in accordance with EU rules on free movement. On 14 March 2019 the British Parliament voted for an extension of the withdrawal date.

On 10 April 2019, the European Council agreed on an extension of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU. The final deadline is now set for 31 October 2019, with the possibility that the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU before this date if the withdrawal agreement is approved on an earlier date. However, if the United Kingdom does not participate in the European Parliament Election between 23 and 26 May 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the EU at midnight between 31 May 2019 and 1 June 2019. It is therefore still uncertain when the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

Regardless of when the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU, British citizens will by default be considered to be third country nationals after the withdrawal date.

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 the withdrawal date.

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

What can you do now

Regardless of whether the Withdrawal Agreement enters into force, residence documents that have already been issued in accordance with the EU rules on Free Movement will continue to be valid in a transitional period. This also applies if you have been issued with older residence documents, e.g. if the document is issued to a citizen of an EC Member State.  

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 (certificate in the format of a letter issued to EU citizens) or an EU residence card (residence card issued to third country nationals in the format of a credit card) respectively, or without having applied yet, you are encouraged to submit an application for such documentation before the withdrawal date. 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 the withdrawal date.

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 before the withdrawal date, if you haven’t already done so.

Applications for registration certificates and residence cards must be submitted to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.

You may apply for EU registration certificates and EU residence cards after the withdrawal date. You must, however, be able to prove that you had a right of residence in accordance with the EU Residence Order on the withdrawal date.

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.

If you have lost your EU residence document, please contact the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.

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

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 11.04.2019