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 the 31st of January 2020, the United Kingdom left the EU, and on 31 December 2020, the transitional period expires, and EU rules on free movement will no longer apply.

When the transition period ends, people already residing in the UK 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 rules.

However, this only applies to citizens who have been covered by the EU rules regarding free movement before the end of the transitional period.

It is still unclear, which rules will apply, if one wishes to travel to the UK in order to work after the end of the transitional period. The current starting point is that one must fulfill the requirements in applying to, and will receive the same rights as, other third country citizens. This starting point will be the same for UK citizens who wish to live/work in Denmark.

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