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Current and Future Consequences of Brexit

Brexit Timeline

What are the next steps for Brexit? To help keep businesses informed about the latest Brexit developments, we have created this simple timeline tracking major events and upcoming key dates.

  • Brexit Deadline

    31st October 2019

    Unless the UK and EU agree an alternative ahead of this date (e.g. a deal or further extension) the default position is that the UK will leave the EU without a deal – a “hard Brexit” scenario.

  • EU Summit

    17th & 18th October 2019

    The last major EU summit scheduled ahead of the next Brexit deadline.

  • New Prime Minister Selected

    23rd July 2019

    Boris Johnson confirmed as the winner of the Conservative Party Leadership contest and the next UK Prime Minister. This date also marked 100 days to go before the current Brexit deadline: 31st October.

  • Brexit Extension Granted

    10th April 2019

    EU and UK leaders agree to a “flexible extension” to negotiations. The UK is now scheduled to leave the EU on the 31st October (or earlier if it agrees to the Prime Minister’s withdrawal deal) if it takes part in European Parliament elections in May. If the UK does not take part in EU Parliament Elections it will leave the EU on the 1st June.

  • Cross Party Talks & Brexit Extension Request

    2nd April 2019

    The Prime Minister announced a change of Brexit strategy, inviting the Labour Party in for cross-party talks on compromise Brexit strategy. If a new proposal can be agreed, it will be put to a vote next week ahead of the EU Leaders’ emergency summit. On Friday (5th April) the Prime Minister formally requested that the EU extend Article 50 negotiations to the 30th June 2019.

  • No Majority on Next Steps…Again

    1st April 2019

    MPs failed to find a majority for any alternative plans for Brexit. The two most popular options were a “customs union” style proposal (defeated by 3 votes) and a “public vote” or second referendum proposal (defeated by 12 votes).


    Image source - BBC

  • Prime Minister’s Deal Rejected...again

    29th March 2019

    The Prime Minister Deal was rejected by MPs by 334 votes to 286.


    Copyright - 2017 Getty Images

  • No Majority on Next Steps

    27th March 2019

    MPs voted on a range of alternative Brexit options. None were backed by a majority. The two options that received the most support were exploring a “Customs Union” with the EU (defeated by 8 votes) and a “confirmatory referendum” or “people’s vote” on the final deal (defeated by 27 votes).


    Source - Sky News - link

  • UK to Approve Brexit Extension

    25th March 2019

    The Prime Minister is expected to bring the EU’s extension proposal to Parliament w/c 25th March. It will need to be passed by the House of Commons and the House of Lords before next Friday in order to be change the Brexit date currently set in legislation: 11pm on the 29th March


    Source - Sky News - link

  • EU Leaders Offer Brexit Delay

    21st March 2019

    The leaders and heads of state of the EU 27 offered the UK an extension to Article 50 negotiations. If the UK agrees to the Withdrawal Deal by the 12th April they will extend negotiations to the 22nd May in order for the UK to pass the necessary legislation. If the UK fails to agree to the Deal by the 12th April they will have to agree next steps with the EU. The two main options are: 1) a significantly longer extension to pursue a new Brexit strategy, involving taking part in European Elections 2) a no-deal Brexit.


    Source - BBC News - link

  • MPs vote on Brexit Delay

    14th March 2019

    MPs voted in favour of requesting an extension to Article 50 negotiations (delaying Brexit day).

  • MPs say No to a No-Deal Brexit

    13th March 2019

    Parliament voted in favour of an amended motion which aimed to rule out leaving the EU without a deal under any circumstances. The result of this vote is not legally binding. The Prime Minister also announced that MPs will be voting on whether or not to accept her deal for a third time in the week of the 18th March.

  • Deal Rejected Again

    12th March 2019

    Parliament held a second “meaningful vote” on whether to accept the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Deal & Political Declaration. It was rejected by 391 votes to 242.

  • Deal Rejected

    15th January 2019

    The UK Parliament held a “meaningful vote” on whether they accept the Withdrawal Deal. It was rejected by a record margin: 202 votes for & 432 votes against.

  • Draft Deal Revealed

    14th November 2018

    Prime Minister Theresa May revealed the draft Withdrawal Agreement & Political Declaration on the future relationship between the UK and EU to her Cabinet.

  • Article 50 Activated

    29th March 2017

    The UK activated Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty giving the UK two years to negotiate the terms of its exit from the EU.


    Source - BBC - link

  • UK Votes Leave

    23rd June 2016

    The UK voted to leave the EU in a referendum. 72.2% of eligible voters took part. 51.9% voted Leave, 48.1% voted Remain.


    Source - BBC - link