16 December 2019
Britain will leave the EU on 31 January 2020
Following the Conservative Party’s win at the General Election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that Britain will still aim to leave the European Union on 31 January 2020.
If Parliament passes the PM’s current withdrawal agreement by this deadline, there will be a transition period - which Johnson has reiterated will not go past the end of 2020 - where the UK and EU will aim to negotiate a deal. There is still uncertainty, however, over whether an agreement could be finalised before then.
Charles Michel, EU Council President said that the EU is ready to start trade talks with Britain and will do its best to protect European priorities, adding:
"We expect a vote on the withdrawal agreement as soon as possible ... It's important to have clarity as soon as possible."
“After the election, it looks overwhelmingly likely that Brexit will happen and so EU citizens – and the businesses that employ them – now need to make sure that they are ready. The Government has put the EU Settlement Scheme in place so that EU citizens can continue to live and work in the UK by securing settled or pre-settled status.
“We can guide UK employers of EU citizens on how best to advise their workforce on the process and help individuals to apply now.”
B P Collins’ cross practice Brexit team is currently helping several British companies to prepare for the UK leaving the EU.