Brexit

Brexit: How does it affect British residents' right to vote and stand as a candidate in municipal and regional elections and European Parliament elections in Denmark?

The United Kingdom’s exit from the EU has been postponed until October 31 2019, as long as the United Kingdom holds elections for the European Parliament on May 23-26 2019. Should the United Kingdom fail to do so, the withdrawal will take place the night of May 31st and 1 June 2019. If the United Kingdom within the period approves the Withdrawal Agreement, an orderly Brexit will take place on the 1st of the month thereafter.

After the withdrawal date, British citizens will no longer be EU citizens. British nationals will by default be considered third-country nationals. Among other things, this has an impact on British citizens' right to vote and to stand as a candidate in municipal and regional elections and European Parliament elections in Denmark.

On 19 March 2019, the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) adopted a bill that establishes a temporary transitional arrangement regarding electoral rights for Britons living in Denmark.

The transitional arrangement will continue the current rules on EU citizens' right to vote and to stand for election in municipal and regional elections and European Parliament elections in Denmark for those Britons who on the date of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal and since then have been permanently residing in Denmark.

The bill will enter into force when the United Kingdom exits the European Union.

Municipal and regional elections in Denmark

The transitional arrangement will mean that Britons can continue to vote and stand for election in the municipal and regional elections in Denmark in 2021, if they on the withdrawal date and since then have been permanently resident in Denmark.

Britons moving to Denmark after the withdrawal date, like other third-country nationals, will be able to vote and stand for elections in future municipal and regional elections in Denmark if they have been permanently residing in Denmark for the last 4 years prior to Election Day.

European Parliament elections in Denmark

The transitional arrangement will mean that Britons can continue to vote and stand for the European Parliament elections in Denmark if they on the withdrawal date and since then have been permanently residing in Denmark.

Britons moving to Denmark after the withdrawal date, like other third-country nationals, will not be able to vote and stand for European Parliament elections in Denmark.

If you want to know more about Brexit You can read more about what Brexit means to you as a British citizen residing in Denmark on the Brexit website of the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.

 

You can also read more about Brexit at Brexit website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.