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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. 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.
1 Mar 2019
When faced with the need to make redundancies, how should an employer decide which employees to select?
Redundancy exercises bring...
28 Feb 2019
The government's proposed salary threshold for EU migrants will “decimate” the UK's manufacturing base, says industry body.
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.
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?
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...
26 Feb 2019
Around 15% of people in the UK would object to having immigrants as neighbours, and most Brexiteers do not object...
21 Feb 2019
Pay awards reached a 10-year high in the three months to the end of January, according to analysis by XpertHR,...
20 Feb 2019
With Brexit drawing closer, the number of EU nationals working in the UK fell by 61,000 in the last quarter...
19 Feb 2019
Honda has confirmed that it proposes to close its manufacturing plant in Swindon in 2021, with the loss of around...
13 Feb 2019
With 44 days to go until the UK leaves the EU, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published a...
12 Feb 2019
Updated EU Settlement Scheme details have been criticised as onerous and clumsy by both immigration law specialists and workers in...
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.
1 Feb 2019
A third of UK companies are looking to relocate abroad because of fears over Brexit.
An Institute of Directors (IoD)...
30 Jan 2019
Banking, financial and professional services companies used 2018 to “tie down” talent before the 2019 Brexit leave date, according to...
29 Jan 2019
EU citizens will be able to enter the UK to work after 29 March 2019 under a no-deal Brexit, but...