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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.
29 Apr 2016
As the debate hots up over the UK referendum on leaving or staying in the EU, what steps should UK...
31 Mar 2016
The “Brexit” referendum on whether or not the UK should withdraw from the European Union takes place on 23 June...
1 Jul 2015
The Conservative victory in the general election means that there will be a referendum on a British exit from the...
27 May 2015
Today’s Queen’s Speech from the first majority Conservative government since John Major was in power proposed a number of new...
13 Dec 2013
On the back of plans to examine the balance of competences between the UK and the EU, Chris Fisher and Purvis Ghani of Mayer Brown look into the pros and cons of EU membership for employers.
8 Apr 2013
The likelihood of a referendum on whether the UK says “au revoir” to the EU has risen since the Prime...
23 Jan 2013
David Cameron’s speech this morning on the future of the UK’s relationship with the European Union (EU) has made the...