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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 Aug 2019
Banks need to “step up” their plans for the UK leaving the EU without a deal, the European Central Bank...
13 Aug 2019
Wages are growing at their fastest rate for 11 years, according to official figures released today. Unemployment increased slightly and the number of vacancies fell for the sixth consecutive time.
9 Aug 2019
A fast-track visa route to help employers attract the “brightest and best” international scientists has been put forward by Boris...
6 Aug 2019
If the UK were to leave the EU without an agreement 1.2 million jobs across the Continent would be be...
31 Jul 2019
Ryanair has 900 too many pilots and cabin crew, its chief executive has said in a video warning staff to...
30 Jul 2019
Boris Johnson’s newly appointed chief negotiator for Brexit has criticised the idea of the European Union being allowed to “set...
29 Jul 2019
The European Union needs to ramp up its contingency planning for the effect a no-deal Brexit could have on UK...
26 Jul 2019
New prime minister Boris Johnson has indicated he may introduce an Australian-style points system for skilled overseas workers after Brexit....
17 Jul 2019
Business leaders have called for a number of reforms to the immigration system, including lowering the salary threshold and revising...
12 Jul 2019
Business secretary Greg Clark has warned that 'many thousands' of jobs will be lost if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
9 Jul 2019
More than half of UK employers with staff from outside the UK will be negatively...
8 Jul 2019
Deutsche Bank has announced it will cut 18,000 jobs over the next three years as part of a major reorganisation....
5 Jul 2019
Regions of the UK are at risk of losing out on £2.1 billion of funding per year, which includes subsidies...
2 Jul 2019
Conservative leadership contender Jeremy Hunt has threatened to cancel all August annual leave across the civil service in order to...