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PM meeting with Donald Tusk: 6 April 2017

6 April 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May met with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk for talks following the triggering of Article 50.

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Great Repeal Bill White Paper published

30 March 2017

The day after the Prime Minister triggered Article 50, a White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill was published, setting out the Government’s approach to converting existing EU law into domestic law on the day we leave the European Union.

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Prime Minister’s letter to Donald Tusk triggering Article 50

29 March 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has written to European Council President Donald Tusk to notify him of the UK’s intention to leave the EU.

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Leaving the EU - what's happened so far?

Find out about some of the work the Government has undertaken to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. This timeline will be updated on an ongoing basis. A text-only version can be viewed here.

  1. EU referendum

    23 June 2016

    On Thursday 23 June 2016, the EU referendum takes place and the people of the United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union.

  2. New Prime Minister

    13 July 2016

    Theresa May becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
    Read more on GOV.UK

    David Davis is appointed to lead the new Department for Exiting the European Union. The department is responsible for overseeing negotiations to leave the EU and establishing the future relationship between the UK and EU.
    Read more on GOV.UK

    Liam Fox is appointed to lead the new Department for International Trade. The department is responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to us.
    Read more on GOV.UK

  3. PM's first trip to Europe

    20 July 2016

    The Prime Minister embarks on her first overseas trip, visiting Berlin and Paris to build relationships with European partners as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

    Read about the PM’s trip on GOV.UK

  4. Plan for Article 50 trigger and Great Repeal Bill announced

    2 October 2016

    The Prime Minister announces that Article 50, the formal process to begin negotiations to leave the EU, will be triggered by end of March 2017.

    The Government announces it will put forward the Great Repeal Bill. This means that, wherever practical and appropriate, the same rules and laws will apply on the day after we leave the EU as they did before.

    Read more on GOV.UK

  5. PM attends first European Council

    21 October 2016

    The Prime Minister attends her first European Council, a regular summit meeting of the 28 EU member states, where she has the opportunity to talk to all 27 leaders about the UK’s departure from the EU.

    Read more on GOV.UK

  6. Joint Ministerial Committee with devolved administrations on Europe

    24 October 2016

    The Prime Minister sets up a new Joint Ministerial Committee to bring together devolved administrations to discuss the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

    Read more on GOV.UK

  7. Devolved administrations meet to discuss negotiations

    9 November 2016

    David Davis chairs the first Joint Ministerial Committee on EU negotiations to continue the UK Government’s work with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales to secure the best deal for the whole of the UK.

    Read the Joint Ministerial Committee communiqué on GOV.UK

  8. PM attends European Council

    15 December 2016

    The Prime Minister attends European Council where she discusses with other European leaders responding to the migration crisis, strengthening Europe’s security, and helping to alleviate the suffering in Syria.

    Read the PM Commons statement on the European Council on GOV.UK

  9. Prime Minister's Lancaster House Speech

    17 January 2017

    The Prime Minister gives a speech setting out the UK’s 12 negotiating objectives for leaving the EU and outlines Britain’s ambition for a new strategic partnership with the EU.

    View and read the speech on GOV.UK

  10. Supreme Court ruling

    24 January 2017

    The Government responds to the Supreme Court ruling that Article 50 cannot be triggered without an Act of Parliament.

    Read the statement on the Supreme Court ruling on GOV.UK

  11. Article 50 Bill

    26 January 2017

    The Government puts forward the Article 50 Bill, a new law which would give the Prime Minister the authority formally to trigger Article 50.

    Read more about the Article 50 Bill on GOV.UK

  12. Government sets out UK's 12 negotiating objectives for leaving the EU

    2 February 2017

    The Government publishes a White Paper, providing Parliament and the country with a clear vision of what it is seeking to achieve in negotiating the UK’s exit from, and new partnership with, the EU.

    Read the White Paper on GOV.UK

  13. PM attends informal European Council

    3 February 2017

    The PM attends an informal European Council meeting in Malta where she meets a wide range of EU leaders.

    Read the PM’s statement on the European Council on GOV.UK

  14. PM attends European Council

    9 March 2017

    PM attends European Council where she discusses migration, the Western Balkans, growth and competitiveness.

    Read more on GOV.UK

  15. Article 50 Bill receives Royal Assent

    16 March 2017

    The Article 50 Bill receives Royal Assent, giving the Government the authority to formally trigger Article 50 and begin negotiations to leave the EU.

    Read more on GOV.UK

  16. The UK Government begins the process of leaving the EU

    29 March 2017

    Prime Minister Theresa May writes to European Council President Donald Tusk notifying him of the UK’s intention to leave the EU.

    Read the full text of the PM’s letter

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