Brexit Timeline


The 23 June 2016 saw the majority of the UK vote to leave the European Union.  As eligible voters visited polling stations across the UK to make their vote 51.89% of the voted in favour to leave the EU.  Article 50 trigger was then followed on the 29th March 2017 to follow begin the office two-year countdown to the UK leaving the EU, which is now known as Brexit.

This page is now the Forum of Private Business Brexit timeline and we aim to keep our readers up to date with leading events and information happening around Brexit.



17th January 2017


PM Theresa May delivered a speech outlining the principles and objectives that would guide the UK's EU withdrawal.

24th January 2017

UK supreme court ruled that the UK government does not have the power to invoke Article 50 without the authorisation of parliament.


8th February 2017


House of Commons final vote on Article 50 Bill.

22nd February 2017

The Prime Minister announces the EU referendum date - 23rd June 2016


13th March 2017


UK Houses of Parliament pass the Article 50 Bill without amendment.

29th March 2017

Article 50 triggered by Prime Minister, Theresa May. 2 year time limit begins.

31st March 2017

The European Council publishes its draft negotiation guidelines 48 hours after the UK's Article 50 was invoked.


5th April 2017


The European Parliament voted to approve a resolution on the UK's EU withdrawal negotiations and the subsequent future relationship with the EU.

11th April 2017

Emissaries of the 27 EU governments meet for the first time to discuss the Union's draft negotiating guidelines.

18th April 2017

Theresa May calls for snap UK election.

24th April 2017

EU governments meet again to discuss the negotiating guidelines.

29th April 2017

First Brexit summit of EU leaders to work out and agree the Brexit guidelines. These will be followed by a detailed mandate and working documents.


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8th June 2017


Snap general election results where Theresa May lost her majority and left her in a weakened position.

19th June 2017

Brexit talks started in Brussels - UK and EU entered talks over the terms of Britain's divorce from EU.

26th June 2017

One week after start of negotiations in Brussels, the commission reported back to member states and other European institutions.


13th July 2017


The Repeal Bill is introduced and is designed to ensure that the UK exits the EU with maximum certainty, continuity and control.

14th July 2017

2nd round of EU exit negotiations begins.

20th July 2017

At the second round of Brexit talks, David Davis makes a statement.


15th August 2017

In the first series of papers on the UK's future partnership with the EU, the Government sets out proposals for a future customs relationship

16th August 2017

The Government publishes a position paper proposing no physical infrastructure at the borders with Northern Ireland and Ireland.

21st - 31st August 2017

Ahead of the 3rd round of exit negotiations, the Government publishes position papers outlining the UK's negotiating approach to goods on the market and to confidentially and access to the official documents.

Government publishes a future partnership paper outlining the UK's position on providing a cross-border civil judicial cooperation framework.

Partnership paper discussing options for enforcement and dispute resolution mechanisms for UK-EU agreements is published.

Government outlines proposals for a shared approach to data protection.

3rd round of exit negotiations begins with a conclusion with David Davis giving a statement.


No events to report


19-20th October 2017

EU leaders meet in Brussels. Earliest realistic date for the discussion on a post Brexit trade deal to begin.


No events to report


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