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The United Kingdom's decision to leave the EU - Brexit

On 29 March 2017, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland began the process of leaving the European Union, which was to be completed by 29 March 2019. But on the European Council that took place on April 10 2019 EU27 leaders agreed to delay Brexit until 31 October 2019. Their decision was taken in agreement with the UK.

The negotiation on the future relationship between the EU and the UK can only begin after the withdrawal.

Following the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU, the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union ('Withdrawal Agreement') is to take effect and the period in which the United Kingdom and the Union are to negotiate a future relationship is set to begin. This period, known as the 'transition period', is to end on 1 January 2021.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is not adopted, the 21-month transition period will not take effect, which means that on 30 March 2019 EU legislation will cease to apply in the United Kingdom. This would mean that the United Kingdom would be leaving the Union without an agreement (a situation known as the 'no-deal Brexit').

This website will continuously be updated with additional information

Should you have specific questions as either a citizen or the representative of a business regarding your situation following Brexit we invite you to contact us at

Europe Direct Contact Centre is available for all inquries relating to Brexit every day, including weekends, from 9:00 to 18:00 CET for calls in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The contact number is: 00 800 67891011.