Brexit Timeline

The UK’s vote to leave the European union in June 2016 was the first step in a process that is likely to be unparalleled in scale and complexity.

June 23, 2016 UK holds referendum on EU membership

June 24, 2016 Results of referendum emerge: The majority of UK voters vote to leave the EU. UK Prime Minster David Cameron resigns.

July 13, 2016 Theresa May becomes new UK Prime Minister

October 2, 2016 Theresa May announces Great Repeal Bill at Conservatory Party conference, she also confirms that she will trigger Article 50 notice in March 2017.

February 2, 2017 UK Government publishes White Paper on the UK’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union

March 16, 2017 Royal assent for European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act granted.

March 29, 2017 UK Government triggers Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, giving notice to European Council of the EU of its intention to leave the EU. Two-year period for exit negotiations begins.

March 30, 2017 UK Government published its white paper on the Great Repeal Bill. 

April 29, 2017 EU leaders to meet to discuss Brexit.

August 15, 2017 The UK Government published Future Customs Arrangements : A Future Partnership Paper on 15th August.  This sets out the UK Government’s aspirations for the UK’s future customs arrangements as we leave the EU

August 21, 2017 UK Government publishes Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the Position Paper.

October 10, 2017 Government Sets out Vision for Post EU Trace and Customs Policy. 

March 2019 Long-stop date for exit negotiations. EU Treaties cease to apply to UK from date of entry into force of withdrawal agreement or two years after Article 50 notice.