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Brexit timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union

Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017

This paper provides a timeline of the major events leading up to the EU referendum and subsequent dates of note, looking ahead to expected events as the UK and EU negotiate Britain’s exit.

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In a referendum held on 23 June 2016, the majority of the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union.

On 29 March 2017, in writing to European Council President Donald Tusk, the Prime Minister formally triggered Article 50 and began the two-year countdown to the UK formally leaving the EU (commonly known as “Brexit”).

This paper provides a timeline of the major events leading up to the referendum and subsequent dates of note, looking ahead to expected events as the UK and EU negotiate Britain’s exit.

 

Commons Briefing papers CBP-7960

Author: Nigel Walker

Topics: EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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