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.

Recruitment firms anxious about no-deal Brexit

2 Oct 2019

As Boris Johnson prepares to put proposals for a new deal to the EU, research has shown that 87% of...

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Health costs for UK staff in EU to be covered for six months after a no-deal Brexit

23 Sep 2019

Temporary measures to cover healthcare costs in EU in event of a no-deal Brexit fail to satisfy UK nationals

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Vulnerability of UK manufacturing to Brexit revealed by new study

23 Sep 2019

Regions with a high dependence on exports to the EU have been highlighted as being likely to be hit by...

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Most firms lack information to make post-Brexit staffing decisions

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.

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Polish ambassador advises Poles to leave the UK 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...

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No-deal Brexit: Mini factory staff may be forced to take unpaid leave

11 Sep 2019

Workers at the Mini plant in Oxfordshire could be forced to take at least two weeks’ unpaid leave and have...

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No-deal Brexit could send NHS ‘toppling over the edge’

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.

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Anger at Johnson’s politicisation of police recruitment launch

6 Sep 2019

The chief constable of West Yorkshire Police has criticised the prime minister for making a political speech about Brexit while...

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Hiring declines at fastest rate for three years

6 Sep 2019


Political and economic uncertainty continues to affect the labour market as data from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and...

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Government reconsidering plans to immediately end freedom of movement

2 Sep 2019

The government has been forced to scrap plans to immediately end freedom of movement for EU nationals after Brexit after...

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Priti confusing? Managing sudden immigration changes

27 Aug 2019

Last week home secretary Priti Patel said she was planning to end freedom of movement for EU nationals as soon...

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Drop in EU migrants prompts urgent call for immigration transition period

22 Aug 2019

The number of EU citizens moving to the UK to work has continued to fall, prompting business bodies to reiterate...

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MPs slam Priti Patel plan to end freedom of movement

19 Aug 2019

The rights of EU nationals in the UK will dramatically change from 31 October if there is a no-deal Brexit, under new plans to end freedom of movement

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Banks need to transfer more staff to EU for no-deal Brexit

15 Aug 2019

Banks need to “step up” their plans for the UK leaving the EU without a deal, the European Central Bank...

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Wage growth fastest in 11 years

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.

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