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British man to be deported from Denmark under post-Brexit rules | Brexit

A British man is being deported from Denmark because he did not know he had to apply to stay in the country after Brexit.

Will Hill, 37, was ordered to leave by Sunday. His request to stay, which was three weeks late, was rejected, as was an appeal to immigration authorities.

He will return to London on Friday, leaving behind his career in cybersecurity and his fiancée, Ida Boglund-Larsen, who said the decision left her “worried, confused and nervous”. The wedding they planned in January is now in doubt.

“It wouldn’t have happened to me if it weren’t for Brexit,” he said, “because I would be treated like a citizen of the European Union.”

Hill’s case was exposed two weeks after another British citizen, Philip Russell, told how he too was facing deportation. Like Hill, he was only known after the deadline he had to apply to stay in post-Brexit Denmark and was ordered to leave by December 6 on the grounds that his application was four days late.

He called on the British government to “condemn Denmark’s behaviour”. “Denmark is using the inefficiency of its immigration services as an excuse to deport UK citizens,” he said.

EU Liberal Party spokesman Mads Vogelide said the cases breached the withdrawal agreement and called on Denmark’s immigration service, SIRI, to re-examine the cases of an estimated 290 British people who applied late for Brexit papers.

He told Politiken that communications made by SIRI to British citizens about the need to re-apply for residence rights for post-Brexit life were “unsatisfactory and not working”.

Hill, who voted to remain in the Brexit referendum, said he had no choice but to return to his parents’ home in Surrey. He now plans to apply for a visa under family reunification rules, and hopes not to miss his wedding, which is scheduled for the end of January in Denmark.

Under the Withdrawal Agreement, any EU citizen in the UK or a British citizen in an EU member state can remain in the country with rights of residence, employment and welfare. Denmark has set a deadline of December 31, 2021 for residency applications, but both Russell and Hill say they have not received any communication to that effect.

“Other than going into a coma and saying I didn’t realize I needed to do it, there doesn’t seem to be any way around this,” Hill said.

When his application was initially denied, he appealed to comply with requests for evidence of settled life and work in Denmark.

“They asked me to provide a lot of information about my work, my personal life, my relationship with my partner, everything. They even asked me to provide photos of myself and Ida, and in the end they refused because I missed a deadline. They were not at all interested in the fact that I integrated into the country, And that I work full time, and I pay taxes.

A SIRI spokesperson said it could not comment on individual cases. It said the department had made “every effort” to ensure the application process was as easy as possible and that the government had launched “media campaigns with comprehensive information on the consequences of Brexit and guidance on how to apply”.

The organization said it had received 290 applications backlog, indicating that many British nationals now face deportation.

The Foreign Office said the UK government had launched a major campaign to inform UK citizens of the impact of Brexit and that more than 18,000 UK citizens had applied for post-Brexit residence rights in Denmark.

“The Danish authorities will accept late applications if there are reasonable grounds for missing the deadline,” said a spokesperson for the Foreign Office.

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