Brexit Timeline

For those of you who have been stuck in the stone ages or without the internet for the past 5 years, we’ve put together a pocket guide and brief overview of Brexit – from start to date

23rd January 2013

The decision was taken by the then Prime Minister David Cameron to hold a public referendum on whether or not the UK should remain part of the EU

23rd June 2016

A 51.9% majority over Brexit is reached at the EU referendum. This was followed by Cameron, who was supportive of remaining in the EU, to resign as prime minister

13th July 2016

Theresa May, now leader of the Conservative Party and becomes Prime Minister and forms a new government

29th March 2017

Article 50 is triggered, which starts the 2 year clock and process to leave the EU

8th June 2017

After triggering a surprise general election, Theresa May loses her majority and forms a coalition with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), allowing her to form a majority and remain in power

26th June 2017

Negotiations between the EU and the UK formally start

15th December 2017

An agreement is in place for the ‘Brexit divorce bill’, although final numbers are not likely to be concluded until the 11th hour in October 2018

19th March 2018

Negotiations between the EU and the UK continue, but make successful strides in terms of Brexit transition phase dates including EU citizen status and fishing policies

12th July 2018

David Davis, Brexit secretary and Boris Johnson, foreign secretary departed government

16th July 2018

The Customs union vote was debated by MPs at the House of Commons, looking at an amendment to the UK trade bill and the Labour party calling for the UK to stay in the customs union

Coming Up

10th September 2018

The deadline for a report on EU migration to the UK is required to the government, drawn up by the UK Migration Advisory Council

18th October 2018

The October summit takes place. This is the likely final decision on the UK divorce from the EU

13th December 2018

The final meeting of the European Council takes place here – where final sign off for UK – EU to have a signed Article 50 divorce deal, just three months before the UK’s final departure date

29th March 2019

Brexit Day – Either a seamless transition or a cliff edged Brexit – expect many political declarations and turbulent events on this date!