The United Kingdom’s (UK) decision to leave the EU means that, as of 31 January 2020, the UK is no longer an EU Member State.
From the outset of the negotiations regarding the UK’s withdrawal, the EU – and Denmark – have prioritised the issue of citizens’ rights. The aim has been to ensure clear and transparent terms for Danish citizens living in the UK and for British citizens living in Denmark.
Following the withdrawal, EU legislation on the free movement of persons will no longer apply in the UK. Accordingly, Danish citizens living in the UK will no longer be able to reside there on the basis of EU rules on free movement. This also applies to British citizens living in Denmark who – after Brexit – will no longer be EU citizens. The British government and the EU, however, have agreed on a Withdrawal Agreement, which secures terms for EU citizens residing in the UK and for British citizens residing in the EU. Both the British Parliament and the European Parliament have approved the Withdrawal Agreement in January 2020. The agreement entails a transitional period from the exit date to 31 December 2020 with a possible extension of one or two years. The transitional period means that all British citizens who reside legally in an EU Member State before the end of the period will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement.
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