What happens next?

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.

Brexit Timeline

  • 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

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