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.

Top 10 HR questions February 2019: Redundancy, FTCs and maternity leave

1 Mar 2019

When faced with the need to make redundancies, how should an employer decide which employees to select?
Redundancy exercises bring...

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Post-Brexit £30,000 immigration salary threshold will be ‘disastrous’

28 Feb 2019

The government's proposed salary threshold for EU migrants will “decimate” the UK's manufacturing base, says industry body.

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Latest migration trends ignite business Brexit fears

28 Feb 2019

EU net migration has fallen to a level last seen in 2009, with more people from eastern and central Europe leaving the UK than arriving, new figures reveal.

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No-deal Brexit: Five things for business travellers to consider

28 Feb 2019

Businesses whose staff travel to the EU need to be making no-deal Brexit preparations. So what do they need to do to avoid difficulties travelling to Europe after 29 March?

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Employer confidence in economy at three-year low

27 Feb 2019

Employers’ confidence in the UK economic prospects hit a three-year low last month, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s...

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UK no more biased against migrant workers than other EU nations

26 Feb 2019

Around 15% of people in the UK would object to having immigrants as neighbours, and most Brexiteers do not object...

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Pay awards ahead of RPI for first time since 2016

21 Feb 2019

Pay awards reached a 10-year high in the three months to the end of January, according to analysis by XpertHR,...

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EU worker numbers continue to fall ahead of Brexit

20 Feb 2019

With Brexit drawing closer, the number of EU nationals working in the UK fell by 61,000 in the last quarter...

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Honda confirms 2021 closure of Swindon manufacturing plant

19 Feb 2019

Honda has confirmed that it proposes to close its manufacturing plant in Swindon in 2021, with the loss of around...

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Businesses ‘hung out to dry’ without no-deal Brexit answers

13 Feb 2019

With 44 days to go until the UK leaves the EU, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published a...

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Brexit: EU settlement scheme details cause consternation

12 Feb 2019

Updated EU Settlement Scheme details have been criticised as onerous and clumsy by both immigration law specialists and workers in...

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Recruitment sector deals on the rise as Brexit looms

8 Feb 2019

High levels of employment and a strong interest from overseas investors driven by the fall in sterling’s value is contributing to a continuing boom in the UK’s recruitment sector.

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Third of UK companies considering Brexit move abroad

1 Feb 2019

A third of UK companies are looking to relocate abroad because of fears over Brexit.
An Institute of Directors (IoD)...

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City employers used 2018 to tie down talent before Brexit

30 Jan 2019

Banking, financial and professional services companies used 2018 to “tie down” talent before the 2019 Brexit leave date, according to...

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Leave to Remain required for EU citizens arriving after a no-deal Brexit

29 Jan 2019

EU citizens will be able to enter the UK to work after 29 March 2019 under a no-deal Brexit, but...

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