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Brexit – the story for employers so far
The UK electorate voted to leave the European Union in a referendum on 23 June 2016. The legal process for exiting the EU began when the UK notified of its intention to withdraw under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on 29 March 2017. The UK and the EU had two years to decide on the terms of the withdrawal, particularly the extent of the UK’s access to the single market versus the degree to which EU workers retain freedom of movement to the UK.
On 21 March 2019, eight days before the scheduled departure date, the EU offered to delay Brexit until 22 May if MPs approve the deal that has been negotiated. If they could not, a no-deal Brexit would happen on 12 April.
On 11 April, the EU allowed a “flexible extension” to 31 October 2019. The UK could leave the EU earlier if a withdrawal agreement is ratified by MPs. Britain must now take part in European elections on 23 May – if it does not, the UK has to leave the EU on 1 June without a deal.
Our Brexit pages provide news and guidance on all aspects of the UK’s exit from the EU.
14 May 2019
The unemployment rate in Britain has fallen to the lowest rate since 1974, with just over a third of those...
7 May 2019
After more than two years of watching politicians grapple with one of the most complex negotiations the UK has ever...
3 May 2019
The Home Office has announced that more than 600,000 EU citizens had applied to stay in the UK in the...
29 Apr 2019
Making predictions for the workplace is fraught with risk but Emma Shipp and Lynne Adams take a punt on technological change, new legislation, societal trends and, yes, Brexit, to lay out the likely challenges...
24 Apr 2019
UK employers are increasingly likely to hire agency workers amid continuing falls in confidence in the economy, according to the...
18 Apr 2019
Almost half of employees think their employer will make redundancies over the next year, fearing Brexit will result in financial instability.
16 Apr 2019
HR functions are taking a long-term, strategic approach to growing the value of their people – and the challenges of...
11 Apr 2019
The UK and the EU have agreed a “flexible extension” of Brexit until 31 October, but will this Halloween exit...
5 Apr 2019
Whatever happens long-term with Brexit, employers are already facing an increasingly challenging recruitment and retention environment as more EU citizens...
2 Apr 2019
Given the Brexit crisis there are few certainties about future immigration rules but for Claire Nilson and Hodon Buraleh, there were encouraging signs in Philip Hammond's...
19 Mar 2019
There is evidence of a “jobs merry-go-round” in European centres as Brexit approaches, according to recruitment company Robert Walters...
18 Mar 2019
Every April, HR professionals are faced with a raft of amended employment laws and deadlines for their organisation to meet....
15 Mar 2019
How the UK manages Brexit may hang in the balance this week, but one certainty is that costs will rise...
15 Mar 2019
Employee confidence in the UK business environment has slumped, according to global research company Gartner.