Brexit – Timeline of events
22 May 2017: Michel Barnier states that he hopes to organise the first formal meeting of UK and EU Brexit in the week of 19 June 2017.
22 May 2017: Council authorises the opening of Article 50 negotiations, nominates the European Commission as the EU negotiator and adopts the first set of negotiating directives.
17 May 2017: European Parliament debates EU’s Brexit negotiation guidelines.
3 May 2017: European Commission adopts Recommendations for Council Decision to authorise the Commission to open Brexit negotiations.
29 April 2017: Special meeting of the European Council adopts negotiating guidelines for Brexit negotiations.
27 April 2017: General Affairs Council agrees on draft Article 50 guidelines for Brexit negotiations.
25 April 2017: European Commission makes tougher demands of UK as it tightens up negotiation guidelines on residency and banks.
21 April 2017: Government launches consultation on legal framework for imposing and implementing sanctions after Brexit.
18 April 2017: Prime Minister Theresa May announces an early general election to be held on 8 June 2017.
5 April 2017: House of Commons Library publishes briefing paper, Legislating for Brexit: EU Directives.
4 April 2017: House of Commons Exiting the European Union Committee publishes report, The Government’s negotiating objectives: the White Paper.
31 March 2017: House of Commons Library publishes briefing paper, Brexit: red lines and starting principles.
30 March 2017: Government publishes Great Repeal Bill White Paper.
29 March 2017: Prime Minister Theresa May triggers Article 50 in letter to Donald Tusk.
20 March 2017: Sir Tim Barrow informs Donald Tusk of UK’s intention to trigger Article 50 on 29 March 2017.
13 March 2017: European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016-17 scheduled for Royal Assent on 16 March 2017.
12 March 2017: UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee publishes report, Article 50 negotiations: Implications of “no deal”.
7 March 2017: UK House of Lords Constitution Committee publishes report, The ‘Great Repeal Bill’ and delegated powers.
7 March 2017: UK House of Commons International Trade Committee publishes report, UK trade options beyond 2019.
23 February 2017: UK House of Commons Treasury Committee publishes letter from FCA Chief Executive relating to post-Brexit use of global standards for market access and transitional arrangements.
17 February 2017: EU law experts (Sir David Edward, Sir Francis Jacobs and Sir Jeremy Lever) provide a legal opinion on the constitutional role of Parliament in future decision-making on Brexit and whether it is possible to revoke an Article 50 notice.
2 February 2017: UK Department for Exiting the EU publishes White Paper, The UK’s exit from, and new partnership with, the EU.
31 January 2017: European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016-17 second reading in House of Commons.
30 January 2017: UK House of Lords Library publishes briefing paper, European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.
26 January 2017: European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016-17 introduced to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis, and has its first reading.
24 January 2017: The Supreme Court rules that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without an Act of Parliament authorising it to do so.
17 January 2017: UK Prime Minister Theresa May gives speech on the Government’s negotiating objectives for Brexit.
16 January 2017: UK House of Commons Library publishes briefing paper, Brexit: how does the Article 50 process work?
5 January 2017 UK House of Commons Library publishes briefing paper, Legislating for Brexit: EU external agreements.
4 January 2017: Sir Tim Barrow appointed as UK Permanent Representative to the EU.
20 December 2016: Scottish Government publishes proposals by which it could retain its position in the Single Market, including as an independent country, and for the powers of the Scottish Parliament to be “fundamentally revisited”.
19 December 2016: UK House of Commons and House of Lords Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes Report, The human rights implications of Brexit.
14 December 2016: UK House of Lords Constitution Committee, as part of its inquiry into the legislative process, calls for evidence on the delegation of powers, before the Government introduces the Great Repeal Bill.
13 December 2016: UK House of Lords EU Select Committee publishes report, Brexit: the options for trade.
9 December 2016: Supreme Court hears Government’s Article 50 appeal.
8 December 2016: UK House of Lords EU Select Committee announces the launch of a short inquiry on the implications of Brexit for Gibraltar.
22 November 2016: UK Government Department for Exiting the EU publishes list of answers to frequently asked questions about Brexit.
7 November 2016: UK House of Commons debates the status of employment rights post-Brexit.
3 November 2016: High Court rules that Parliament must vote on Brexit.
28 October 2016: UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment (APPGE) launches inquiry into the impact of Brexit on the construction industry’s future skills needs.
27 October 2016: UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis, meets UK professional and business services leaders to hear views on the Brexit negotiations.
24 October 2016: According to the Independent, UK Government is considering cutting corporation tax by as much as half if Brexit negotiations do not go as planned.
20 October 2016: UK House of Lords EU Committee publishes fourth report of session on the structures, procedures and resources that will be required if Parliament is effectively to scrutinise Brexit.
11 October 2016: UK Labour Party sends 170 questions to Secretary of State for Exiting the EU David Davis.
10 October 2016: UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU David Davis sets out the government’s proposed next steps for leaving the EU.
10 October 2016: UK House of Commons Library publishes briefing paper, Brexit reading list: legal and constitutional issues.
7 October 2016 UK House of Lords EU Committee publishes an update on its inquiries into the key issues that will arise in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.
2 October 2016: UK Prime Minister announces that Article 50 will be triggered before the end of March 2017 and that the Queen’s Speech will include a Great Repeal Bill to repeal the European Communities Act 1972.
30 September 2016: The Association of British Insurers publishes blog by its Director General setting out the ABI’s Brexit priorities.
28 September 2016: The grounds of resistance filed on behalf of the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU were released in advance of a UK High Court hearing of the judicial review challenge to the process of Brexit.
16 September 2016: UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee launches inquiry into the impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market.
15 September 2016 UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is launching an inquiry into the implications of Brexit for human rights.
14 September 2016: European Commission sets up a Task Force for the preparation and conduct of the negotiations with the UK under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (Article 50 Task Force).
13 September 2016: UK House of Lords Constitution Committee publishes report on triggering Article 50.
13 September 2016: UK Business minister Margot James refuses to guarantee that all employment rights protection within the UK will be maintained following Brexit.
8 September 2016: European Parliament Conference of Presidents appoints Guy Verhofstadt MEP as its representative on Brexit matters.
7 September 2016: HM Treasury Brexit meeting with European Financial Services Chairmen’s Advisory Committee
5 September 2016: House of Commons Library briefing paper on impact of Brexit across policy areas: financial services aspects
2 September 2016:House of Commons Library publishes briefing paper on the impact of Brexit across policy areas, including environment, energy and climate change
10 August 2016: UK House of Commons Library publishes briefing paper, Brexit: implications for pensions.
2 August 2016: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announces his intention to allocate the Security Union portfolio to Sir Julian King, the candidate for Commissioner from the UK.
2 August 2016: UK Intellectual Property Office issues statement setting out the facts relating to intellectual property in the context of Brexit.
27 July 2016: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appoints Michel Barnier as Chief Negotiator in charge of the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the UK under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU).
22 July 2016: UK House of Lords EU Committee publishes Report, Scrutinising Brexit: the role of Parliament.
20 July 2016: UK House of Commons Library publishes briefing paper, Brexit and local government.
19 July 2016: UK High Court short hearing relating to the procedure for withdrawal from the EU confirms that:
- The government was unlikely to trigger Article 50 TEU, the procedure for withdrawal from the EU, before the end of 2016.
- The full hearing would take place in October 2016.
14 July 2016: UK Cabinet Office announces the appointment of a number of ministers following Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister. The Rt Hon David Davis MP becomes Secretary of State for Exiting the EU.
30 June 2016: UK House of Lords Library publishes briefing paper, Leaving the EU: Parliament’s Role in the Process.
29 June 2016: The European Council’s other 27 members have a separate meeting without the presence of the UK to discuss the outcome of the referendum in the UK.
28 June 2016: UK Prime Minister David Cameron informs the European Council about the outcome of the referendum in the UK.
28 June 2016: European Parliament (EP) adopts Resolution on the decision to leave the EU resulting from the UK referendum.
24 June 2016: Referendum result announced with a majority of voters (52%) deciding that the UK should not remain in the EU.
23 June 2016: Referendum during which UK citizens decide whether the UK should remain in the EU or not takes place.
15 April 2016: Referendum period beings.
“The In Campaign Ltd” will be the lead campaign group for the “Remain” side. “Vote Leave Ltd” will be the lead campaign group for the “Leave” side.
December 2015: EU Referendum Act 2015 receives Royal Assent.
The date of the referendum:
- Must be no later than 31 December 2017.
- Must not be 5 May 2016.
- Must not be 4 May 2017.