Brexit Timeline

The Brexit Timeline

In All, Article 50, Brexit by Adam

The Brexit Timeline

We’ve put together a timeline of all the key dates and events leading up to the UK EU Referendum and months that have followed it. Nearly two years of campaigns, debates, elections and resignations. We invite you to take a few minutes to enjoy the information, images and short videos mapping out the journey so far. For better or for worse? That has yet to be seen.

So let’s begin by stepping back almost two years to 2015 when the UK was in the throws of a general election…

“This election also takes place when the world is dangerous and uncertain, so we need strong leadership to safeguard our national security as well as our economic security.”David Cameron
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    David Cameron announces the official beginning of the General Election of 2015. He makes promises about moving forward.

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    The leaders of the seven major parties engage in a live TV debate – the only one that David Cameron agreed to.

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    The Conservatives win the election by a majority of 331 seats, 36.9% of the votes. Since 66.1% of voters cast a vote, in real terms this means 24.4% of the voting public backed the Conservatives.

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    “We will hold that referendum by the end of 2017; it will be a referendum on an in-out basis – do we stay in a reformed European Union or do we leave?”

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    The EU Referendum Bill gets Royal assent.

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    A new settlement agreement for the UK in the EU was reached by all 28 states of the EU, outlining the arrangements for the UK in either results of the referendum.

Read the EU Council’s Conclusions document HERE

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    The date for the EU referendum is announced as 23rd June 2016.

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    MPs debate in the commons the deal David Cameron reached in Brussels.

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    The EU Referendum Campaign begins…

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    Local elections in London, England authorities, Scotland, Wales.

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    A series of live TV debates begins, and David Cameron appears for the first, and his only debate.

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    The Great Debate at Wembley Stadium, with 6000 members of the public in attendance.

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    The final TV debate with Jeremy Paxman.

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    The EU Referendum. Voters were given the choice between staying in the EU, or to leaving.

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    The LEAVE campaign won by a slim 52/48 majority. It’s safe to say this took people by surprise.

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    David Cameron resigns as Prime Minister after the Brexit result.

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    Theresa May becomes the Prime Minister after all other candidates withdraw their candidacy. She says that Brexit could “forge a bold new positive role for ourselves in the world.”

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    Theresa May makes it clear that whatever deal can be made for Brexit, it must not be a “model that’s on the shelf already.”

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    David Cameron steps down from parliament altogether.

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    Jeremy Corbyn wins the Labour Leadership by a clear margin of 62/38%

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    Theresa May announces that she will trigger Brexit by the end of March.

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    The High Court rules that Parliament must vote before Theresa May can trigger Article 50. The government plan to appeal the decision.

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    Donald Trump winds the Presidential election in the US.

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    Donald Trump says that Nigel Farage would make an excellent ambassador for the UK

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    The Supreme Court convenes to decide whether it is the PM or Parliament who can trigger Brexit. They return with the decision that it must go to vote.

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    The Supreme Court rules that the PM must seek permission from parliament before triggering the countdown to Brexit.

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    The House of Commons approves May’s Brexit Bill.

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    Tony Blair encouraged people to stand up and fight against Brexit.

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    The House of Lords begins to debate the Brexit Bill, and somewhat unusually, Theresa May sits in on the debate.

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    The House of Lords amends the Article 50 plan to add a guarantee for current EU workers in the UK.

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    The Queen signs the Brexit legislation into law.

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    A spokesperson for the Government confirms that Article 50 will be triggered on 29th March 2017.

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    Theresa May signs the letter to trigger Article 50. Brexit has begun.

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    Theresa May sends the letter to Trigger Brexit to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

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    It turns out that Theresa May can NOT guarantee that immigration numbers will fall after Brexit.

Article 50 Letter annotated
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    Ex-Minister Pat McFadden says it will damage the economy if Theresa May continues with a target to drop immigration to tens of thousands.

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    Theresa May escapes harsh criticism from the Eurosceptic right wing after she hinted that Free Movement after Brexit might need to be extended.

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    Former Ministers Owen Paterson and Sir Gerald Howarth back calls for a tough new visa regime in the first revolt against her comments days before.

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    Theresa May announces a snap general election for 8th June 2017.

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    Local, Council and Mayoral elections held. The Conservatives achieve a number of successes, but Labour, Lib Dems and especially UKIP suffer major blows to their seats.

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    Macron wins the Presidential election in France by a comfortable margin (65/35). He has been outspoken about his intention to make Brexit a challenging negotiation given that he is pro-EU.

President Macron is elected
What happens next?
Watch this space…