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Brexit Timeline

A timeline of the key events taking the United Kingdom towards exiting the European Union.

EU Referendum held with the leave vote winning with 51% of the vote

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David Cameron resigns as Prime Minister

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FSB sets out agenda for EU negotiations

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Theresa May confirmed as new Prime Minister

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Small business confidence enters negative territory for first time in four years

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Theresa May gives her Lancaster House speech setting out the Government’s Brexit plan

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FSB releases new research on the impact of Brexit

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Government publishes European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

Government publishes Brexit White Paper setting out its strategy for the UK’s departure from the EU

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act receives Royal Assent

Prime Minister triggers Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union

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FSB releases first of its Brexit reports looking at trade post Brexit

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Government publishes Great Repeal Bill White Paper

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Prime Minister calls a General Election – to be held on 8 June 2017

FSB launches second of its Brexit reports exploring firms access to labour and skills

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FSB launches 2017 General Election Manifesto

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FSB launches third of its Brexit report on EU funding

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General Election results in a hung Parliament, with the Conservatives winning the most seats and Theresa May forming a government

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First round of UK-EU exit negotiations begin.

Chancellor gives Mansion House speech on Brexit

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Queen’s speech given

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FSB responds to Prime Minister’s state on EU nationals

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Government introduces the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

The Prime Minister delivers key Brexit speech in Florence, setting out the UK’s position on moving the Brexit talks forward

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FSB calls for Brexit-ready Autumn Budget

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Government outlines plans for a Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill

UK and EU publish a Joint Report on progress made during Phase 1 of negotiations

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The Prime Minister gives a speech at Mansion House on the UK’s future economic partnership with the European Union

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The amended Draft Withdrawal Agreement is published

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One Year until the planned March 29 Exit Day

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Government release backstop proposal

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Government publishes White Paper on future UK-EU relations

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Small businesses say no to no-deal Brexit

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The government publishes the first collection of technical notices providing guidance on how to prepare for a no-deal Brexit

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The Withdrawal Agreement is agreed and published as UK and EU reach agreement

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Political Declaration presented to Parliament

Government loses Meaningful Vote on Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

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MPs debate the Prime Minister’s ‘Plan B’ deal, which is then approved following two amendments

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The government’s Brexit plan suffers defeat in the House of Commons

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The Government loses the ‘Meaningful Vote 2’

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Parliament vote to extend Article 50

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The Commons debates and votes on eight indicative votes, in an attempt to find a Brexit plan that wins the support of the majority of MPs. All options are defeated.

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The Government loses the ‘Meaningful Vote 3’

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Cross party talks begin in an attempt to resolve the Brexit crisis

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The UK and EU agree to extend Article 50 until 31 October 2019

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The UK votes in the European Parliamentary elections

Cross party talks breakdown

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Theresa May announces her resignation

Boris Johnson wins the Conservative leadership contest and becomes Prime Minister

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Government announces new £100 million no-deal Brexit campaign

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FSB calls for emergency budget to shield small firms from a no-deal Brexit

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