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.
13 July 2016
Theresa May becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
24 January 2017
The Government responds to the Supreme Court ruling that Article 50 cannot be triggered without an Act of Parliament.
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.
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.
3 February 2017
The PM attends an informal European Council meeting in Malta where she meets a wide range of EU leaders.
9 March 2017
PM attends European Council where she discusses migration, the Western Balkans, growth and competitiveness.
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.
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.
30 March 2017
The Repeal Bill White Paper sets out the Government’s approach to converting existing EU law into domestic law on the day we leave the European Union.
6 April 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May meets with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk for talks following the triggering of Article 50.
15 June 2017
The first round of talks that will see Britain leave the European Union will start on Monday 19 June 2017.
19 June 2017
The statement follows the first day of negotiations for a new partnership with the EU.
23 June 2017
The PM attends European Council where topics discussed include security, trade, migration and citizens’ rights.
26 June 2017
The UK Government publishes detailed proposals outlining how it intends to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU.
13 July 2017
Known as the Repeal Bill, it is designed to ensure that the UK exits the EU with maximum certainty, continuity and control.
17 July 2017
David Davis gives a statement at the end of the second round of EU exit negotiations in Brussels.