What is Brexit?

‘Brexit’ is the name given to the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union. It is a combination of ‘Britain’ and ‘exit’.

Referendum: majority votes to leave

On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum on its membership of the EU. The question facing voters was: ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’ 51.89% of voters voted to leave the EU. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020.

Transition period

A transition period will be in place until 31 December 2020. During that time nothing will change. The UK will continue to comply with all EU laws and rules. And negotiations will be held on the new relationship between the UK and the EU. After the transition period, different rules may apply. The situation will become clearer in the course of 2020.