Danish PM: Brits can stay in Denmark after no deal Brexit

“Of course you can stay. We are preparing legislation that we hope won’t be necessary,” Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen replied to a tweet I sent him, asking whether British citizens like me can stay in Denmark after a no deal Brexit.

Løkke had told the Danish Parliament in October that “I want to make it abundantly clear that no matter the end result of the negotiations, we will of course look after the thousands of British citizens living in Denmark today.”

In December, he had replied to other tweets from concerned British citizens that Denmark would “take care of” British citizens if there was no deal and that legislation will be prepared in early 2019.

The Danish Prime Minister’s answer comes after Italy, as the first EU country, confirmed on Friday that British citizens would be able to stay in Italy even if Theresa May doesn’t get her withdrawal agreement with the EU through parliament later in the month.

In December, the EU Commission said in its plan for a no deal Brexit that leaving the EU without a deal “would have an impact on [British citizens in the EU’s] right to stay and work where they currently live,” and that it “invites Member States to take a generous approach to the rights of UK citizens in the EU, provided that this approach is reciprocated by the UK.”

The website of the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration still says that Denmark will consider how to secure the rights of British citizens in Denmark in the event of a no deal Brexit, after negotiations between the UK and the EU are concluded.

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