Today it has been announced that Britain will be leaving the European Union, but how will this effect the 17.000 British people living in Denmark regarding visa, work and resident permit in Denmark?

It follows from article 50 in the Lisbon Treaty that any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union and the treaties shall cease to apply to the State from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the Member State has notified the European Council of the withdrawal.

Right now, it is unclear what the consequences of the withdrawal from the European Union will be. However, according to article 50 in the Lisbon Treaty we do not expect any changes or consequences before two years after the notification of the withdrawal – which will be in 2018 the earliest.

Over time, a consequence of the withdrawal may be that the citizens from Britain will be considered as third country citizens like for example the citizens from the U.S.

This means that citizens from Britain will need a resident and work permit, if they would like to live and work in Denmark, but they will probably not need to apply for a visa in order to enter Denmark.

As soon as we know more about the Brexit's consequences, Horten will send out a newsletter with more information.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Marianne Lage.