Project Brexit


Head of State

Prime Minister

Queen Margrethe II

Lars Løkke Rasmussen (Venstre – Centre-right liberal party, since June 2015)

Population 5,676,002
Size 42,925.46 km2 (26,672.64 sq mi)
MEPs 13 (Joined the EU in 1973)
Next legislative election By June 2019
Presidency of the Council July – December 2025
Last meeting with Theresa May 10 October 2016
Brexit priorities Traditionally, the UK and Denmark have often seen eye to eye in European decision-making. It will be important for Denmark to remain close allies.
What Mr Rasmussen said on Brexit 24 June 2016

“We must respect the choice that a majority of the British people have made. At the same time, I won’t hide the fact that I think it is a very sad result for Europe and for Denmark”

8 September 2016

“We all want a peaceful divorce, but when you agree to part ways – and in this situation, only one side wants to part ways – then we need to protect our own interests first.”

A Danish official on 10 October 2016

“We want to keep a friendly relationship with Britain but we are part of the EU. Of course we want to be supportive but there are limits to our support. We need to protect the integrity of the internal market,”

17 January 2017

“If the UK wants to completely pull out and have a proper trade agreement, then we need to look at it. From a Danish perspective, we want to enter into this constructively.”

Minister of Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen on 29 March 2017

“The Government will therefore focus on Danish companies not being locked out of the U.K. market and U.K. companies not getting an unfair competitive advantage in the EU.”

Denmark’s priorities The Liberal Government’s priorities are to lower taxes and tighten immigration controls. Denmark is also seeing a rise in euroscepticism with Danish People’s Party (DPP) opting for an EU referendum. The country has some EU opt-outs, including on cross-boarder policing and the euro.

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