Brexit

The United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union

Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU). Following a UK-wide referendum in June 2016, in which 52% voted in favour of leaving the EU and 48% voted to remain a member, the UK Government, which was then led by Theresa May formally notified the EU of the country's intention to withdraw on 29 March 2017, beginning the Brexit process. The withdrawal was originally scheduled for 29 March 2019, but was then delayed by deadlock in the UK Parliament after the June 2017 general election resulted in an unexpected hung parliament, which then led to three subsequent extensions of the Article 50 process. The deadlock was only resolved after a subsequent general election was held in December 2019. Following the outcome, the UK Parliament finally ratified the withdrawal agreement, and the UK left the EU at 11 p.m. GMT on 31 January 2020. This began a transition period that is set to end on 31 December 2020, during which the UK and EU are negotiating their future relationship. The UK remains subject to EU law and remains part of the EU customs union and single market during the transition, but is no longer part of the EU's political bodies or institutions.

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The former PM argues the legislation will "damage trust", but ministers say it will protect the UK.
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Boris Johnson’s law-breaking Brexit bill is straight out of the Donald Trump playbook, and leaves justice secretary Robert Buckland looking “a very small..
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They sound such an unlikely duo. Joe Biden's easy American drawl and Ursula von der Leyen's accented English are of different worlds. But they spoke in harmony..
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Amal Clooney said the government’s plan to violate international law was ‘lamentable’ Amal Clooney has resigned as a special envoy for the UK over the..
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The human rights lawyer says she is "dismayed" by the UK being prepared to break international law.
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Referring to a major piece of Brexit legislation, British media and punditry issued burning condemnation of the ruling Tory government’s Internal Market Bill,..
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BBC's Ros Atkins explains the latest Brexit row and the thorny issue of customs checks and Northern Ireland.
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LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has warned the United Kingdom that it must honour the Northern Irish peace deal as it..
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that the United Kingdom cannot unilaterally change the EU-UK bilateral withdrawal agreement..
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EU chief Ursula von der Leyen complained Wednesday that hopes of a post-Brexit trade deal are fading and warned Britain not to unilaterally modify the withdrawal..
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Britain’s former ambassador to the European Union Ivan Rogers has predicted that Britain will leave the post-Brexit transition at the end of this year with no..
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Thousands of lorries could be stuck in queues for up to two days to cross the Channel to Europe after the UK transitions to Brexit on 1 January, according to an..
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Boris Johnson yesterday defended his controversial plan to allow ministers to tear up the Brexit divorce deal by suggesting the European Union was being..
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Boris Johnson’s plan to break international law by reneging on the Brexit withdrawal agreement has survived a backbench rebellion to pass its first stage in..
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A contentious bill split the UK Parliament as Brexit deadlines loom. Here's what you need to know.
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MPs back the Internal Market Bill by 77 votes despite criticism it risks breaching international law.
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But Labour accuses PM of "trashing" the UK's international reputation as MPs debate post-Brexit bill.
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LONDON — The European Union on Monday ramped up pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step back from breaking the Brexit divorce treaty, delaying a key..
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David Cameron said he had ‘misgivings’ over Boris Johnson’s controversial plan to break international law (Picture: Sky News) David Cameron has become the..
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David Cameron says he has "misgivings" about the proposed law to override the withdrawal agreement.
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Ex-attorney general Geoffrey Cox vows to vote against attempts to override the Withdrawal Agreement.
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LONDON (AP) — Two former British prime ministers who played crucial roles in bringing peace to Northern Ireland joined forces Sunday to urge lawmakers to..
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Boris Johnson is facing mounting criticism over his legislation overriding his Brexit deal, as leaders from across the political spectrum attacked the threat to..
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Boris Johnson's contentious proposals will be debated for the first time in the Commons on Monday.
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