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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. Boris Johnson, the new prime minister, has vowed to leave the EU by that date “do or die”, but still aims to negotiate a new deal with the EU.
Our Brexit pages provide news and guidance on all aspects of the UK’s exit from the EU.
15 Oct 2019
The number of job vacancies has continued to fall since early 2019, indicating that Brexit uncertainty is affecting employers’ hiring...
14 Oct 2019
A points-based immigration system will start in 2021.
9 Oct 2019
Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced that there have so far been 1.8 million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme....
8 Oct 2019
UK productivity in April to June fell at its fastest pace since 2014, when compared to the same quarter last...
8 Oct 2019
Two of the UK’s largest recruitment firms have both issued lacklustre trading statements as market conditions deteriorate, a trend confirmed with the latest data from the UK resourcing industry.
4 Oct 2019
The UK's service sector, which makes up 80% of the country's economy, contracted in September prompting fears of a recession.
2 Oct 2019
As Boris Johnson prepares to put proposals for a new deal to the EU, research has shown that 87% of...
23 Sep 2019
Temporary measures to cover healthcare costs in EU in event of a no-deal Brexit fail to satisfy UK nationals
23 Sep 2019
Regions with a high dependence on exports to the EU have been highlighted as being likely to be hit by...
20 Sep 2019
Very few employers are prepared for the introduction of new immigration restrictions, putting them at risk of a labour “supply shock” after Brexit.
19 Sep 2019
Poland’s ambassador to the UK is urging Polish nationals to “seriously consider” leaving the UK because of the problems some...
11 Sep 2019
Workers at the Mini plant in Oxfordshire could be forced to take at least two weeks’ unpaid leave and have...
9 Sep 2019
A no-deal Brexit would send the NHS – “our nation's greatest institution” – into a state of chaos, health service union Unison has warned.
6 Sep 2019
The chief constable of West Yorkshire Police has criticised the prime minister for making a political speech about Brexit while...