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, who took over as prime minister in July, had vowed to leave the EU by that date “do or die”, having negotiated a new deal with the EU. However on 28 October 2019, the EU agreed to extend Brexit again, this time to 31 January 2020.

Our Brexit pages provide news and guidance on all aspects of the UK’s exit from the EU.

Points-based immigration scheme shuts out low-skilled workers

19 Feb 2020

Low-skilled workers would not get a visa under the government’s proposed points-based immigration scheme, details of which have been published...

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Fall in visa applications triggers skills warning for private sector

17 Feb 2020

Business consultancy warns of skills shortfall as number of visa applications from non-EU skilled workers has fallen.

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Prime minister sets date for points-based immigration system

14 Feb 2020

Downing Street has announced that the new points-based immigration system will be implemented from 1 January 2021.

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Top 10 HR questions January 2020: Coronavirus and Brexit

7 Feb 2020

What steps should employers take to manage the coronavirus outbreak?
At the start of the new year, employers have been...

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Lords launches IR35 inquiry as freelancer confidence ‘plummets’

6 Feb 2020

A House of Lords select committee is to scrutinise the extension of IR35 rules to the private sector, just two...

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‘Brexit Day’: time to get your house in order, employers urged

31 Jan 2020

With the UK leaving the European Union at 11:00pm this evening, employers are being urged to use the Brexit transition...

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Brexit: future-proof your workforce (webinar)

31 Jan 2020

With Brexit now a reality, organisations need to ensure not only that their staff have the right to work in...

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Immigration: MAC recommends lower salary threshold after Brexit

28 Jan 2020

The salary threshold for skilled migrant workers entering the UK should be lowered to £25,600 to make it more affordable...

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Fast-track ‘Global Talent’ visas for top scientists unveiled

27 Jan 2020

“Top” international scientists, mathematicians and researchers will be able to apply to work in the UK under a fast-track visa...

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CBI leads 40 industry bodies calling for salary threshold rethink

24 Jan 2020

Industry pressure grows to cut migrant salary threshold ahead of key migration report.

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PM considers scrapping £30,000 migrant salary threshold

22 Jan 2020

The proposed £30,000 minimum salary threshold for migrant workers after Brexit is expected to be scrapped, it has been reported....

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Migrants face less discrimination than their adult children

20 Jan 2020

The UK-born children of migrants feel they are more discriminated against than new migrants and are more likely to be unemployed.

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Brexit: What will happen on 1 February 2020?

17 Jan 2020

After much delay, the UK will leave the European Union at 11:00pm on 31 January. But with the arrangements for...

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20 immigration issues to watch in the 2020s

10 Jan 2020

The UK immigration system is set for significant change in the coming years. Jamie Kerr offers 20 insights into what this may mean.

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2020 employment law: Eight action points for HR

8 Jan 2020

The new year begins with a new government, the prospect of Brexit and a number of employment law developments already...

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