Important dates relating to Brexit

We’ve listed every stage in the Brexit process on our calendar below. We’ll keep updating this page as fresh information becomes available.


Brexit Negotiation Dates

A draft agreement between the UK and the EU was published on 14 November 2018. This document must still be endorsed by a vote in the UK and in the EU, and it has already led to more resignations in the UK (Dominic Raab, former Brexit Secretary), but it’s still a significant step forward. The full document is visible here. Whilst the document certainly helps address the Northern Ireland / Republic of Ireland border issues, Theresa May and Michel Barnier still have a lot to iron out.

25 Nov 2018: Special EU Summit
EU27 leaders will meet to endorse the Brexit withdrawal agreement put forward on 14 November.

14 December 2018: European Council Meeting
This will be the last European Council summit of 2018, and has long been considered as the deadline for a Brexit deal to be agreed. It remains to be seen whether further negotiation will take place in the New Year.

Brexit Ratification Dates

January / February 2019: UK Parliament Approval
At some point over the first few weeks in 2019, the UK’s House of Commons must approve the Brexit deal. MPS will vote on an Implementation & Withdrawal Bill based on the negotiations held in 2018.

February / March 2019: EU Parliament Approval
The withdrawal agreement will also need to be approved by the European Parliament. This may take place in February or March. It may need to be referred, in whole or in part, to the European Court of Justice by MEPs, but it’s our hope that — at this stage — we’ll have clarity on a number of key issues affecting our industry.

29 March 2019: Brexit Day

At 11PM on Friday 29 March,  the UK will formally leave the EU. A transition period will inevitably follow this date, but at the moment it’s not clear what actions will need to be taken prior to Brexit Day and what will take place in the weeks and months that follow. We’ll update these pages as we learn more.

After Brexit

31 December 2020: Transition Period Ends
The current proposals suggest a 21-month transition period should begin on 29 March 2019, creating enough time and space to negotiate and implement the finer points of Brexit, to replace existing shared legislation and build a new relationship between the UK and the EU. The wording of the latest draft agreement allows for extensions on this transition period if needed.