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Brexit Timeline

UK Government triggers Article 50

29/03/2017

UK Government triggers Article 50

The UK gives notice to the European Council of the EU of its intention to leave the EU triggering a…

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European Council Meeting on Brexit

29/04/2017

European Council Meeting on Brexit

Leaders of the other 27 EU countries meet to agree the European Commission’s mandate to negotiate Brexit. Official European Council…

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European Commission publishes negotiation guidelines

03/05/2017

European Commission publishes negotiation guidelines

The European Commission publishes its official guidelines for Brexit negotiations, the objective of which is to ensure an orderly withdrawal….

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UK Parliament dissolved

03/05/2017

UK Parliament dissolved

Theresa May declared in a speech after the dissolution of Parliament that the European Commission’s negotiating stance had hardened, and…

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French presidential elections

07/05/2017

French presidential elections

Emmanuel Macron elected France’s head of state.

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EU General Affairs Council meeting

22/05/2017

EU General Affairs Council meeting

EU General Affairs Council approved negotiating directives and adopted decision mandating start of negotiations. See: Bloomberg

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First meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Party

23/05/2017

First meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Party

EU27’s experts attended first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Party on Article 50.

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G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy

26/05/2017

G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy

G7 leaders to meet in Taormina to discuss global economy, foreign policy, security and environmental issues. At the G7 Summit…

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Brexit challenge abandoned in Irish High Court

29/05/2017

Brexit challenge abandoned in Irish High Court

UK Parliamentary elections

08/06/2017

UK Parliamentary elections

UK’s snap general election returns hung parliament.

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French parliamentary elections

11/06/2017

French parliamentary elections

The French parliamentary elections on 11 and 18 June, like the presidential elections, would have an impact on UK’s bilateral…

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Macron’s Republique en Marche wins parliamentary majority

18/06/2017

Macron’s Republique en Marche wins parliamentary majority

Brexit negotiations officially begin

19/06/2017

Brexit negotiations officially begin

Brexit negotiations officially begin.

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State Opening of UK Parliament and Queen’s Speech

21/06/2017

State Opening of UK Parliament and Queen’s Speech

The Queen’s Speech set out proposals for Brexit-related bills, including the Repeal Bill, Customs Bill, Trade Bill, Immigration Bill, Fisheries…

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EU Summit in Brussels

22/06/2017

EU Summit in Brussels

Angela Merkel warned that EU would not allow itself to be consumed by Brexit negotiations, and that the UK’s offer…

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G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany

07/07/2017

G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany

US President Donald Trump stated at the summit that a ‘powerful’ US-UK trade deal would be completed ‘very quickly’.

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2nd round of Brexit negotiations

17/07/2017

The EU acknowledged that limited progress had been achieved in the negotiations on key ‘divorce’ issues.

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House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee Inquiry Report published

21/07/2017

House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee Inquiry Report published

The Economic Affairs Committee will publish a report on Brexit and the Labour Market in May 2017. Meanwhile, Lord Stunell…

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Informal talks on US-UK trade deals

24/07/2017

The Department of International Trade started informal talks in Washington on a potential US-UK trade deal.

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David Davis in Prague for talks

25/07/2017

David Davis in Prague for talks

During talks with the Czech foreign minister, David Davis indicated that the UK would not compromise over the role of…

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David Davis wrote letter to Lord Jay

09/08/2017

In a letter to Lord Jay, David Davis acknowledged difficulties in agreeing on citizens’ rights, including rights of onward movement…

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UK Government published proposals on customs arrangements

15/08/2017

The Government published a paper and proposed a temporary customs union while the UK negotiated new trade deals.

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3rd Round of Brexit negotiations

28/08/2017

3rd Round of Brexit negotiations

Michel Barnier continued to note that ‘no decisive progress’ had been made on key withdrawal issues.

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German Parliamentary elections

01/09/2017

German Parliamentary elections

Angela Merkel wins German election: Chancellor Angela Merkel wins fourth term in Germany with its worst result in almost 70…

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EU Repeal Bill passes second reading

12/09/2017

EU Repeal Bill passes second reading

After a lengthy debate, the EU Withdrawal Bill has cleared the second reading stage by 326 votes to 290, and…

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State of the Union Speech in European Parliament

13/09/2017

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said in his State of the Union Speech that Brexit would a sad and tragic…

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UK Prime Minister delivers Brexit speech in Florence

22/09/2017

In a speech in Florence, Prime Minister Theresa May proposed a long-term relationship and transition period of about two years…

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Labour Party Conference in Brighton

23/09/2017

Labour party members avoided a debate on Brexit policy, but backed a motion on holding a second EU referendum.

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4th round of Brexit negotiations

25/09/2017

Michel Barnier called for a ‘moment of clarity’ after the Prime Minister’s speech, but there were still doubts as to…

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Donald Tusk visits London for talks

26/09/2017

European Council president Donald Tusk said that ‘there is no sufficient progress yet’ after talks with the Prime Minister in…

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European Parliament vote to delay trade talks

03/10/2017

MEPs voted by 552 to 92 to postpone any decision to start trade talks, as Michel Barnier considered that there…

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Conservative Party Conference

04/10/2017

Conservative Party Conference

Prime Minister delivered speech at Conservative Party Conference: Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech at the party conference (with…

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5th round of Brexit negotiations

09/10/2017

The fifth round of negotiations took place in the week commencing 9 October 2017, and was originally intended to be…

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EU Summit

17/10/2017

Given the lack of progress in the first rounds of negotiations, this EU summit is likely to be the date…

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EU Summit and possible start on trade deal negotiations

19/10/2017

EU Summit and possible start on trade deal negotiations

19 – 20 October 2017. European leaders will meet in Brussels, and this is the earliest realistic date for negotiations…

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Spring TBC: Transitional arrangements to be discussed

01/04/2018

Spring TBC: Transitional arrangements to be discussed

Assuming final arrangements will not be in place by 2019, a transitional route map will be required.

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Autumn TBC: Possible vote on deal?

01/09/2018

Autumn TBC: Possible vote on deal?

In the event that the British government and the EU’s chief negotiator agree a deal, the British parliament, the European…

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UK leaves the EU

29/03/2019

UK leaves the EU

The UK will leave the EU on this date unless Article 50 negotiations are extended.

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