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United Kingdom in the EU

24.06.2016  13:11

A referendum was held in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2016 regarding whether the country should remain in the EU or leave. The majority voted to leave.
 
The Embassy has been receiving many questions from Danish citizens living in the UK on how the result of the referendum might affect them. It is important to note that there have been no changes yet, nor will there be any for sure until the UK leaves the EU. Any changes will be preceded by negotiations between the UK and the remaining EU countries.

For the UK to leave the EU it has to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which gives the two sides two years to agree on the terms of the split. Theresa May has said she intends to trigger this process by the end of March 2017, meaning the UK will at the earliest leave the EU by the summer of 2019. However, the precise timetable depends on what is agreed during the negotiations.

What the UK leaving the EU will mean for EU citizens and companies will not be known until negotiations are concluded. The Embassy cannot therefore at this point in time say, if visas or work permits will be needed in the future to visit, study or work in the UK. Nor do we know under which conditions EU-citizens can stay permanently in the UK.

However, the Embassy encourages Danish nationals to apply for an EU registration certificate which confirms their rights to live in the UK:
https://www.gov.uk/eea-registration-certificate/apply

If you use the online application form, you will not need to submit your passport, but can instead use the European passport return service:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/european-passport-return-service

Statement and FAQ regarding the UK leaving the EU on: www.gov.uk

The status of EU nationals in the UK:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-the-status-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk

Frequently asked questions:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/information-about-the-uk-leaving-the-eu

The embassy will continuously update the website when new information is available.