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Danish Brexit Law

On 19 March 2019, the Danish parliament adopted a legislative proposal (no. L 166) which extends existing EU-rights for British citizens in Denmark and their family members in the event that the United Kingdom leaves the EU without an agreement (Lov om videreførelse af visse rettigheder i forbindelse med Det Forenede Kongeriges udtræden af Den Europæiske Union uden en aftale) (hereafter, the Danish Brexit act).

The Danish Brexit act will only enter into force if the United Kingdom leaves the EU without an agreement.

The Danish Brexit act is a temporary scheme and will apply until replaced by a permanent solution. The Danish Brexit act applies to British citizens and their family members, who are legally residing in Denmark on the withdrawal date in accordance with EU-rules on free movement. The law will also apply to frontier workers who work in Denmark on the withdrawal date while residing in another EU/EEA-country.

You can read more about what the Danish Brexit act means on areas concerning the Ministry of Higher Education and Science below.

Student rights

If the UK Parliament and the European Parliament approve the Withdrawal Agreement, your rights as a student in Denmark remain unchanged as if you were still an EU citizen during the transition period set out in the agreement.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is not approved by the UK Parliament and the European Parliament and the UK leaves the EU without an agreement (the no deal-scenario), the Danish Brexit act will extend your existing EU-rights as a student in Denmark for a transitional period. The Danish Brexit act applies to British citizens and their family members, who are legally residing in Denmark on the withdrawal date in accordance with EU-rules on free movement. The Danish Brexit act will also apply to frontier workers who work in Denmark on the withdrawal date while residing in another EU/EEA-country.

The Danish Brexit act will secure your student rights according to EU law during the transition period, which means that you will have the same access to the Danish higher educational system as EU citizens have according to EU law.

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