Brexit

How the end of the transition period between the United Kingdom and the EU at the end of 2020 will affect citizens' access to social services and right to vote and stand for elections in Denmark.

For more information on Brexit, go to the webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

British citizens residing in Denmark

In order to be entitled to services under the Act on Social Services, a person must legally reside in Denmark. Services can include assistance to vulnerable children and adults, compensation to persons with disabilities and practical support for elderly persons.

The significance of Brexit for the right to receive benefits from Denmark in the United Kingdom

On 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom left the EU, and on 31 of December 2020 the transitional period expired, which means that EU legislation on the free movement of persons no longer applies.

Citizens who were already residing in the UK and who were covered by the EU legislation regarding free movement before the end of the transitional period can continue to receive social benefits from Denmark. At the same time, there is still a right to receive benefits from the UK, such as unemployment benefits, health benefits and child benefits, according to EU legislation. Find more information at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (please refer to link above).

If one wishes to travel to the UK after 31 December 2020 in order to work or reside, they must as a starting point fulfill the same requirements, and will receive the same rights, as other third country citizens. The same will apply for UK citizens who wish to reside or work in Denmark.

EU citizens and UK citizens, who move between the UK and EU after 1 January 2021, are covered by the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. According to the agreement, EU citizens will be treated the same as citizens from non-EU countries in regards to their access to work in the UK. The same applies to UK citizens wishing to work in EU member states. The agreement however ensures the coordination of social benefits for EU citizens, who move to the UK after 1 January 2021 and vice versa for UK citizens in EU member states. The new rules largely corresponds to the rules that apply to EU working citizens within the EU.

In order to be entitled to services under the Danish Act on Social Services, a person must legally reside in Denmark. This also applies to UK citizens. You can read about the rules of application for residence at the Ministry of Immigration and Integration. Services can include assistance to vulnerable children and adults, compensation to persons with disabilities and practical support for elderly persons.

Voting rights and eligibility for municipal and regional elections and European Parliament elections in Denmark

Brexit affects the right of British citizens to vote and stand for municipal and regional elections and European Parliament elections in Denmark.

Go to more information about how Brexit affects your right to vote and stand for elections in Denmark as a resident British citizen

Contact

If you have any questions, you may contact the Ministry of Social Affairs and Senior Citizens, sm@sm.dk