BREXIT: What happens now?

December 2019 – January 2020: Parliament votes on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.

During Christmas period the UK MPs will be called back to discuss to pass legislation – Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal –  in the form of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill allowing to meet the January 31st deadline to take the UK out of the European Union (EU).

With a huge majority, it should pass easily, with all Mr Johnson’s election candidates in favor of it.

January 31, 2020: After the approval of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, the UK will leave the European Union on January 31st.

However, the UK will initially remain in the EU’s customs union and single market under the transitional arrangements.

In addition, the UK will still apply most of EU law during the transition period. The UK will then begin talks over a new trade and security partnerships.

December 31, 2020: The transition period ends, unless extended.

The UK can ask to extend the period for one or two years by July 2020 – an option that Mr Johnson has already rejected.

January 2021: Britain begins its new relationship with the EU.

Floriana Dibitetto

Deputy Manager – Research & Development Department


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