Timeline for Brexit


23 January, 2013


Prime Minister David Cameron is in favour of an in/out referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.




22 May, 2014


The UK Independence Party (UKIP) becomes the UK’s biggest representation in the EU parliament with Nigel Farage gaining 26 % of the votes in the European elections.


The party’s key policy is to leave the EU.




7 May, 2015


In the general election, David Cameron wins a 12-seat majority with a manifesto that includes the commitment to hold an in/out referendum.




23 June, 2016


In the referendum 51.9% vote for the Brexit and 48.1% for Remain. As a result, Cameron resigns as prime minister.




13 July, 2016


Theresa May becomes prime minister.




29 March, 2017


May triggers Article 50 which starts the clock on the process of the UK leaving the EU.




8 June, 2017


May loses the majority in Parliament due to her calling a general election. Northern Ireland's DUP makes a deal with the Conservatives and its votes allow May to stay in power.




26 June, 2017


Formal negotiations on withdrawal begin between the UK and the EU.




13 December, 2017


Rebel Tory MPs side with the opposition, forcing the government to guarantee a vote on the final Brexit deal.




15 December, 2017


The EU agrees to move on to the second phase of negotiations after an agreement is reached on the Brexit “divorce bill”, Irish border and EU citizens’ rights.




19 March, 2018


The UK and EU make progress in negotiations, such as dates for a transitional period after Brexit day, the status of EU citizens in the UK before and after that time and fishing policy. The Northern Ireland border remains an issue.




31 October, 2018


The EU’s chief negotiator has said negotiations must be complete before the end of October to give the 27 EU countries time to sign off the deal.




29 March, 2019


Brexit day – the UK ends its membership of the European Union and enters a transition period.




23 July, 2019


New Tory Leader. The result of the run-off between Johnson and Hunt for the Tory leadership will be declared on this day, setting the stage for the next phase of Britain`s Brexit saga. Both candidates have said they want to retry May`s deal with Brussels. Johnson has taken the more aggressive stance of the two, maintaining that the UK will leave on the scheduled date of October 31, with or without the deal, “do or die”.




24 July, 2019


Prime minister May is set to complete her long goodbye from Downing Street the day after the Conservative leadership election result.




25 July, 2019


House of Commons recess MPs worried about the course of government policy under the new prime minister will have little time to act before the Commons goes on its summer holidays.




3 September, 2019


Parliament returns. This date is set to be the start of what could be one of the Commons most momentous sessions for years. If the new prime minister is set upon leaving on October 31 without a deal, a battle with pro-EU MPs is a virtual certainty. Given the Conservatives lack of majority, it could be a titanic struggle.




17 October, 2019


A Brexit deal has been agreed on between UK and EU negotiating teams before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels.




17-28 October, 2019


The European Council meet in Brussels to discuss a range of important issues, including EU long-term budget, priorities for the next 5 years and Brexit. On 28 October 2019, the EU has agreed to extend Brexit until 31 January 2020.




31 October, 2019


UK entities will have to submit to the CSSF an application for authorization, notification or information of alternative actions taken to address the loss of passporting rights by 31 October 2019.




31 January, 2020


The UK is going to leave the EU no later than the 31 January 2020.






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