The UK is leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 without a deal regulating the exist terms. This means that the UK is no longer considered an EU or an EEA Member State after that date, but a third country, unless a deal is made on a postponement of the UK’s exist.
If a deal is not made before 29 March 2019, employees with a British passport working in Denmark must obtain a residence and work permit in Denmark. Employers and British employees may already now apply for residence and work permits under the general rules governing citizens from other countries than EU member states. However, you must note the pay limit scheme and consider whether to apply for a residence and work permit already now under those rules.
After 29 March 2019, Danish citizens may have to apply for residence and work permits, but the UK’s requirements are still not clear.
Important to be prepared
The lack of a deal also means that there is no longer a joint agreement on social security. It is therefore important to investigate whether your employees are properly insured when working in the UK. Also, UK employees working in Denmark should check their insurances in case a bilateral agreement on social security is not concluded.
Consequently, you should start preparing now:
- Investigate whether you employ employees with British passports.
- Inform the employees about the uncertainties from 30 March 2019 if they are required to apply for a work permit.
- Get to know the requirements for work permits for citizens from other countries than EU member states.
We will currently follow up on the Brexit development.