When will the United Kingdom leave the European Union?

The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (‘Brexit’) has been postponed until 31 October 2019, at midnight (Dutch time). There are certain conditions attached to this postponement, however.

The United Kingdom (UK) initially intended to leave the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019. To that end, the British government signed a withdrawal agreement with the EU. However, because the House of Commons had not yet approved the agreement, the UK requested an extension. For this reason, the 27 remaining EU countries and the British government have decided to postpone Brexit until 31 October 2019 at the latest. This date will be moved forward if the UK parliament approves the agreement earlier.

This means that, in principle, the UK will have to take part in the European elections on 23 May. If the UK does not hold European elections and does not ratify the withdrawal agreement, the date for Brexit will be 1 June 2019. In that case, no further extension will be possible.

As things stand, as long as the UK parliament has not approved the withdrawal agreement, a ‘no deal’ scenario is still a possibility.