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What are the Brexit next steps? To help keep businesses informed about the latest Brexit developments, we have created this simple Brexit timeline tracking major events and upcoming Brexit key dates.
End of Transition Period
31st December 2020
The UK and the EU have reached agreement on 24 December. The deal was ratified by the UK Parliament late on 30 December and is now law. It will come into effect on 01 January 2021.
Legal deadline for signing off an extension
1st July 2020
July 1st is the legal deadline for signing off an extension to the post-Brexit transition period. Under the terms of the withdrawal agreement, the transition period is allowed to be extended by 12 or 24 months.
UK rules out transition period extension
12th June 2020
The UK government formally notifies the EU that it will not be requesting an extension to the transition period beyond the 31st December 2020 deadline.
UK Releases Negotiating Objectives
27th February 2020
The UK government has published its negotiating objectives for post-Brexit trade talks with formal negotiations set to begin on the 2nd March.
EU Agrees Negotiating Mandate
25th February 2020
The EU has agreed its negotiating mandate for the next stage of the Brexit negotiations. The document is 46 pages long and sets out their main objectives for the next stage of the talks which covers the future trading relationship.
UK Leaves EU
31st January 2020
The UK formally exited the European Union and has entered the Transition Period which lasts until the 31st December 2020. The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period, with new rules set to take effect from 1st January 2021.
EU Parliament Ratifies Withdrawal Deal
29th January 2020
The EU parliament ratified the Withdrawal Agreement by 621 votes in favour to 49 against paving the way for the UK to leave the European Union at 11pm (UK time) on the 31st January
UK Parliament Ratifies Withdrawal Agreement Bill
23rd January 2020
The Withdrawal Agreement Bill is passed by the UK parliament and receives royal assent, allowing the UK government to formally ratify the Withdrawal Agreement.