Brexit negotiations:


With the triggering of Article 50 of the Treaty of the European union on the 29th of March 2017 the process of the United Kingdom extracting itself from the European Union began. Negotiations were timetabled and both sides devised plans and strategies forming their relevant negotiating stance. As of the end of 2017 there will have been six rounds of negotiations. Both the UK and the EU want negotiations to begin by the end of the year regarding their post Brexit relationship but first need to overcome the stalemate regarding the three main sticking points:

Timetable – Negotiations 2017

  • Opening of negotiations: 19th June
  • Second round: week commencing 17th July
  • Third round: week commencing 28th August
  • Fourth round: week commencing 18th September
  • Fifth round: week commencing 9th October.
  • Sixth round: 9th November
  • EU Summit: 14th December

The Divorce Bill


The rights of EU Citizens and the Northern Ireland and Republic border. The European Council has stated that negotiations should only turn to the framework for the future relationship between the UK and the EU once sufficient progress has been made in these three key areas. The next critical date on the calendar is the meeting of the EU 28 Leaders on the 14th and 15th December whereby they will deliver their conclusions of whether sufficient progress has been made to move on to discussing the future relationship, of which, at the very core is a trade agreement.

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Brexit Timeline – Phase 1

June 23 – 2016 June 23 – 2016
March 29, 2017 March 29, 2017
April 29, 2017 April 29, 2017
June 19th, 2017 June 19th, 2017
Autumn 2018 Autumn 2018
March 29, 2019 March 29, 2019

June 23 – 2016

The UK votes in a referendum to decide whether to remain or leave the European
Union. Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%.


March 29, 2017

The UK invokes article 50 giving formal notice of its intention to withdraw from the European union to allow withdrawal negotiations to begin. Two year timeframe to begins.


April 29, 2017

EU member states meet at a summit to discuss Brexit and discuss guidelines for the EU’s negotiating team.


June 19th, 2017

First formal day of negotiations for withdrawal begin. Michael Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator meets with David Davis, the UK’s Brexit Secretary.


Autumn 2018

Negotiations to conclude.


March 29, 2019

The UK leaves the EU with or without an agreement.


Brexit Timeline – Phase 2

The second phase of negotiations is to discuss the future relationship between the EU and the UK post Brexit. This phase will begin once the European Council decides that sufficient progress has been made in the first phase and a satisfactory agreement is in place for an orderly withdrawal.

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