Monday 18 December 2017

It's been one year since the Brexit vote - but what happens next?

Here’s what’s expected to happen between now and March 29 2019.

By Kameron Virk

Exactly one year ago the UK’s decision to leave the EU was confirmed.

Since then we’ve had a prime minister resign, leadership contests for both Labour and the Conservatives, a new Prime Minister, the triggering of Article 50, local elections and a General Election which threw up a result few people expected.

But what actually happens next? Negotiations have begun, and here’s how they’re expected to progress.

The UK Government had wanted trade talks to take place in parallel with discussing the terms of withdrawal, but has now accepted the timetable set out by the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

Officials are hoping early progress can be made on the issues of citizens’ rights, the UK’s financial settlement – the so-called divorce bill – and other issues to do with separation – with trade talks not beginning until October at the earliest.

Britain is due to leave the EU at midnight Brussels time (11pm in the UK) on March 29 2019 – unless an extension is agreed by all 27 remaining member states – with or without an agreement.

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