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 exits the EU on 29 March 2019 (the day of the so-called Brexit). After that 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.

If necessary, the Government expects to present a bill to establish a temporary transitional arrangement for Britons living in Denmark. The transitional arrangement will apply until something else supersedes. The Government will continue its work on a permanent arrangement for resident Britons.

The transitional arrangement will, among other things, 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 29 March 2019 and since then have been permanently residing in Denmark.

The bill will, if necessary, be submitted in the second half of February 2019, in order for the Act to come into force on 30 March 2019.

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 29 March 2019 and since then have been permanently resident in Denmark.

Britons moving to Denmark after March 29 2019, 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 3 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 29 March 2019 and since then have been permanently residing in Denmark.

Britons moving to Denmark after 29 March 2019, 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.