One Year Later: Brexit Made Official

One Year Later: Brexit Made OfficialOn March 29, 2017, Brexit implementation began its journey as Theresa May signed the official letter to EU. The letter was handed over by Sir Tim Barrow, in Brussels, at 12:20 BST. The letter states “We should work together to minimise disruption and give as much certainty as possible.” There are two years of negotiation to follow. 

The current Brexit timeline is:

    • March 29: Article 50 triggered
    • March 30: Great repeal bill published
    • March 31: President of European Donald Tusk publishes negotiation guidelines
    • April 29: EU Summit, remaining EU members will adopt negotiation guidelines
    • Spring: Great Repeal Bill announced at the opening of Parliament
    • Late May/ early June: Start of formal face-to-face talks
    • Late 2017: Great Repeal Bill goes through stages of Parliamentary scrutiny
    • Late December 2017: EU chief negotiator Michael Barnier expects initial discussions to conclude
    • Early 2018: Great Repeal Bill likely to receive royal assent
    • Mid 2018: Parliament may need to pass further laws to cover any gaps in legislation
    • September 30, 2018: Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier wants to wrap up Brexit terms
    • Late 2018/ early 2019: Both houses of Parliament and European Council and Parliament will have a vote on any deal
    • March 2019: Two-year negotiation window closes

Mrs. May stated, “The Article 50 process is now under way and in accordance with the wishes of the British people the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. This is a historic moment from which there can be no turning back.”

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