What happens next?

On 31 January 2020, the UK left the European Union and has now entered into a transition period with the EU until 31 December 2020. Now that the UK is in the transition period there are a number of key milestones throughout the year as the UK and EU negotiates its future relationship.

Below is an outline of the key dates to look out for throughout the transition period as the UK and EU negotiate what their future relationship may look like from 1 January 2021.

Brexit Timeline

  • 31 January 2020

    UK left the EU

  • 25 February 2020

    EU27 Governments due to approve EU negotiating mandate

  • 1 March 2020

    EU hopes to have its negotiating mandate agreed before this date to give the Commission the legal authorisation to officially open talks with the UK.

  • 26-27 March 2020

    EU Council

  • June 2020

    First UK-EU high-level conference due to take place

  • 18-19 June 2020

    EU Council

  • 30 June 2020

    The deadline in which Britain can request an extension of the transition period beyond 31 December 2020.

  • 15-16 October 2020

    EU Council

  • 26 November 2020

    EU deadline for an EU-UK trade deal to be negotiated, checked, translated and presented to the European Parliament if it is to be ratified before the end of 2020.

  • 10-11 December 2020

    EU Council

  • 31 December 2020

    Transition period come to an end

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