Brexit negotiations

Brexit negotiations (2017–present)
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Lead negotiators for the UK and EU

Negotiations are taking place between the United Kingdom and the European Union for the planned withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, known as Brexit, following the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum on 23 June 2016.

The negotiating period began on 29 March 2017, when the United Kingdom served the withdrawal notice under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union; under the two-year deadline prescribed by Article 50, the period was originally to end on 29 March 2019.

On 19 June 2017, David Davis, the UK's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, arrived in Brussels to begin talks with Michel Barnier, the Chief Negotiator appointed by the European Commission.[2] Negotiations on the withdrawal agreement (which includes a transitional period and an outline of the objectives for a future relationship between the UK and the EU) were concluded in November 2018, with the European Union indicating that no further negotiation or changes before the UK legally leaves will be possible. If the withdrawal agreement is ratified by the UK and other EU state governments and comes into force, more negotiations might be needed to address Free Trade Agreement treaties between the European Union and its members (including the UK) for one part and third countries for the other part, and the tariff-rate quota, which might be split or renegotiated.[3][4]

In March and April 2019, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May and European Union leaders negotiated a delay, moving the deadline from 29 March to 31 October 2019.[5][6] On 27 March 2019, Theresa May vowed to resign as Prime Minister if her Brexit agreement passes through Parliament.[7]