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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, 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.
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...
6 Sep 2019
Political and economic uncertainty continues to affect the labour market as data from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and...
2 Sep 2019
The government has been forced to scrap plans to immediately end freedom of movement for EU nationals after Brexit after...
27 Aug 2019
Last week home secretary Priti Patel said she was planning to end freedom of movement for EU nationals as soon...
22 Aug 2019
The number of EU citizens moving to the UK to work has continued to fall, prompting business bodies to reiterate...
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
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.