What happens next?

The UK and EU have reached an agreement on a draft Withdrawal Agreement. The focus now turns to the formal sign off at the EU Summit for the EU 27 member states to ratify the agreement. MPs will then have to vote on a draft Withdrawal Agreement in Parliament.

  • Publication of a draft Withdrawal Agreement:  Decisive progress has now been made between the UK and EU. An emergency EU summit has been planned to ratify the draft agreement at the EU level.
  • Publication of Outline Political Declaration: A draft agreement between the UK and EU setting out the framework for the future relationship has also been agreed in principle.
  • UK Parliament: A vote on the draft Withdrawal Agreement will come to the House of Commons. The vote requires a simple majority to pass.

Brexit Timeline

  • 18/19 October 2018: European Council summit

    Focus on reaching a deal on the Withdrawal Agreement and informal deadline for a solution to the Irish border

  • 25 November 2018: Extraordinary European Council summit

    October was the original deadline for agreeing a deal. An emergency November summit is possible should there be “decisive progress” within negotiations

  • December 2018

    UK parliamentarians to debate and vote on the Withdrawal Agreement.

  • 13/14 December 2018

    European Council Summit

  • 21 January 2019

    UK Parliament deadline for agreeing a deal – a vote on a Withdrawal Agreement will be put before Parliament and should there be no deal, government would issue a statement outlining next steps to MPs

  • 21/22 March 2019: European Council summit

    The last EU leaders meeting before “Brexit Day”

  • 29 March 2019

    UK leaves the EU

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