|Head of State
|Queen Margrethe II
Lars Løkke Rasmussen (Venstre – Centre-right liberal party, since June 2015)
|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 EU decision-making and the fact the UK is leaving the bloc, means Denmark will lose a close and powerful ally at the negotiating table.
For Denmark, it will be important to establish a level playing field and fair competition in any future trade relationship with the UK. It wants to ensure that British companies will not be able to bypass high standard environmental, labour and consumer laws, while maintaining good access to the bloc’s internal market. It will also be important for the Danish pork sector to have low tariffs on agricultural products, as the UK currently is a large export market for Danish agricultural industry.
Danish officials have supported the EU’s position that the Brexit terms need to be settled first before starting the negotiations on a future trade deal.
|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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