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How does Brexit affect you?

Here you can read about how Brexit will affect your rights within the area concerning higher education and science.
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The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU means that the UK will no longer be an EU Member State and that the EU legislation on the free movement of persons will no longer apply in the United Kingdom.

It is important to note that both the UK Parliament and the European Parliament must approve the Withdrawal Agreement in its entirety for it to apply when the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019. However, the British Parliament has voted against the Withdrawal Agreement on 15 January 2019. If the Withdrawal Agreement does not enter into force, the citizens’ rights chapter will not apply.

In that case the UK will leave the EU without an agreement – the so-called ‘no deal-scenario’. The risk of a no deal-scenario is a source of great concern both for British citizens in Denmark and for Danish citizens in the UK.

It is a clear priority for the Danish government to ensure that British citizens who have chosen to live in Denmark are treated fairly, regardless of how the negotiations develop.

If the situation requires it, the Danish government will put forward a legislative proposal establishing a temporary scheme by which existing EU-rights are extended for a transitional period. The envisaged law is intended to apply to British citizens and their family members, who are legally residing in Denmark on 29 March 2019 in accordance with EU-rules on free movement. The Envisaged law will also apply to frontier workers who work in Denmark on 29 March 2019 while residing in another EU/EEA-country. The envisaged law will apply until replaced by a permanent solution.

You can read more about what the envisaged law 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. However, the British Parliament has voted against the Withdrawal Agreement on 15 January 2019.

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 government will put forward a legislative proposal to extend your existing EU-rights as a student in Denmark for a transitional period. The envisaged law is intended to apply to British citizens and their family members, who are legally residing in Denmark on 29 March 2019 in accordance with EU-rules on free movement. The Envisaged law will also apply to frontier workers who work in Denmark on 29 March 2019 while residing in another EU/EEA-country. The envisaged law will apply until replaced by a permanent solution.

The envisaged law 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. You will only have to pay tuition fees for education in Denmark where EU and EEA citizens pay tuition fees.

You will also have the same access to Danish student grants for education in Denmark and abroad as EU and EEA citizens have according to EU law.

If you at the time of UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 29 March 2019 have already been granted Danish student grants for education in Denmark or abroad you will continue to be eligible for Danish student grants for that specific study programme you have been granted Danish student grants as long as you continue to meet the required conditions.

If you have questions regarding access to the Danish higher educational system or regarding financial support for educations in Denmark and abroad you can contact The Ministry of Higher Education and Science on ufm@ufm.dk.

Access to regulated professions

If the UK Parliament and the European Parliament approve the Withdrawal Agreement, your rights regarding access to regulated professions will remain unchanged as if you were still an EU citizen during the transition period set out in the agreement. However, the British Parliament has voted against the Withdrawal Agreement on 15 January 2019.

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 government will put forward a legislative proposal to extend most of your existing EU-rights regarding access to regulated professions for a transitional period.

If you at the time of UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 29 March 2019 have already been granted permanent authorization to practice a regulated profession in Denmark based on qualification from the UK you will keep your authorization.

After the 29 March 2019, you can still apply for access to a regulated profession in Denmark according to EU law based on qualifications from the UK achieved no later than 29 March 2019.

If you at the time of UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 29 March 2019 are providing a service on a temporary basis in Denmark based on qualifications from the UK you will be able to finish the temporary service in Denmark you have started no later than 29 March 2019. After the 29 March 2019, you will no longer be able to provide new services on a temporary basis in Denmark on basis of EU law.

If you have questions regarding access to regulated professions, you can contact the Agency for Science and Higher Education on kontaktpunkt@ufm.dk.

If you have general questions regarding Brexit you can contact The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark on brexitinfo@um.dk.

last modified Jan 28, 2019