In October 2019 the UK Government and EU leaders endorsed a new Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future relationship between the UK and EU. Prime Minister Boris Johnson then brought the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to Parliament on 22 October with MPs voting in favour of the Bill’s second reading. However MPs then rejected the Government’s so-called programme motion for the Bill, which set out the accelerated timetable for it to pass through Parliament, by 14 votes.
On 28 October the EU agreed to a new Brexit extension to 31 January 2020 after a request from Parliament. EU Council President Donald Tusk said it was a “flextension” – meaning the UK could leave before the deadline if a deal was approved by Parliament.
27 March 2017
Prime Minister formally triggered Article 50 and began the two-year countdown to the UK formally leaving the EU on 29 March 2019
21 March 2019
European Counil agree to a Brexit delay to 12 April 2019
10 April 2019
European Commission held an emergency summit. A decision was made to extend Article 50 until the 31 October 2019
28 October 2019
EU Ambassadors agree to a Brexit extension to 31 January 2020. The Prime Minister confirms the UK’s agreement to this extension
12 December 2019
General Election will take place
12-13 December 2019
Next European Council summit will take place
31 January 2020
UK leaves the EU