On 26 November 2018, the UK Government confirmed in a Statement that political agreement has been reached on the Withdrawal Agreement which sets out the basis on which the UK will leave the EU and the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future UK-EU relationship and that a copy of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration had been laid before Parliament that day. This follows a Statement from the European Council and a Statement from the Government on 25 November 2018 confirming that the EU27 leaders had endorsed the draft Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration at a European Council meeting on 25 November 2018.
The Withdrawal Agreement includes a transition period that runs from 30 March 2019 to 31 December 2020 but can be extended once by mutual agreement. Any decision to extend must be taken before 01 July 2020 and can be for no more than one or two years.
On 10 December 2018, the European Court of Justice ruled that it would be legal for the UK to unilaterally revoke Article 50 to cancel Brexit (without the need for agreement from the other 27 EU countries).
The House of Commons had been scheduled to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration on 11 December 2018, but the vote was called off. The ‘meaningful vote’ took place on 15 January 2019 and the government suffered a staggering defeat by 230 votes. The Labour party tabled a motion of no confidence in the Government which the Government won by a margin of 19 votes. The Prime Minister now has three days to come up with alternative proposals and has said that she will do this on Monday 21 January 2019.
Here you will find all the latest information and guidance to navigate you through the legal implications of Brexit for the next few years.
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