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Brexit Timeline

This is a Timeline of before 23 June 2016, after this date and also looking to the future.

Before 23 June 2016

DateEvent

22 January 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron announces that if the Conservative Party wins the 2015 General Election, they will seek to renegotiate the UK’s relationship with the EU then hold a referendum by the end of 2017.

27 May 2015

The European Union Referendum Bill is unveiled in the Queen’s Speech. The law was required to allow the referendum to take place.

19 February 2016

The UK and EU-27 agree to a package of reforms to the UK-EU relationship ahead of the referendum vote.

20 February 2016

The referendum date of 23 June 2016 is announced.

22 April 2016

The Council of Ministers publishes the first Interim Report on the referendum’s implications for the Isle of Man.

16 June 2016

The Council of Ministers publishes the second Interim Report on the referendum’s implications for the Isle of Man.

23 June 2016 to 29 March 2017

23 June 2016

Referendum Day – 33,551,983 voters cast their ballots in the UK and Gibraltar

24 June 2016

The referendum result is announced, with 51.9% of voters favouring leaving the EU.

David Cameron announces his resignation as UK Prime Minister.

Chief Minister Allan Bell states that vigilance will be vital to defend Island’s interests following the vote.

28 June 2016

The Crown Dependencies send a joint letter to the UK Prime Minister outlining their joint position and asking that the UK keep them informed of matters of interest to them.

A special Tynwald sitting is held to debate the referendum outcome. The Chief Minister’s motion: 'That Tynwald notes the outcome of the United Kingdom’s Referendum on the membership of the European Union, supports the actions being taken by the Council of Ministers following this decision and calls upon the Council of Ministers to continue the work underway to protect the future interests of the Isle of Man' is unanimously approved.

13 July 2016

Theresa May becomes UK Prime Minister.

22 July 2016

The Chief Minister attends an Extraordinary Summit of the British Irish Council to discuss the outcome of the referendum.

26 July 2016

Prime Minister Theresa May responds to the joint letter from the Crown Dependencies, confirming that the UK will engage with the Crown Dependencies through the negotiation process.

August 2016

The Isle of Man Government provides a written submission to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into the implications of leaving the EU for the UK’s role in the world.

4 October 2016

Howard Quayle MHK is elected Chief Minister of the Isle of Man.

November 2016

The Isle of Man Government provides a written submission to the House of Commons Justice Committee’s Inquiry into the implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies.

5 December 2016

The Council of Ministers publishes the third Interim Report on the referendum’s implications for the Isle of Man.

20 December 2016

Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK gives evidence to the House of Lords EU Select Committee’s inquiry into the implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies, alongside the Chief Ministers of Jersey and Guernsey.

16 January 2017

The House of Commons Justice Committee visits the Isle of Man as part of their Inquiry into the implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies. In addition to meeting the Chief Minister, Council of Ministers and Tynwald Members, the Select Committee speaks to representatives of the Isle of Man’s EU Advisory Group, Agriculture and Fisheries sectors and the Chamber of Commerce. Committee Members also tour local companies to hear how Brexit could affect business in the Isle of Man.

17 January 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May outlines her ambitions for Brexit in a speech at Lancaster House.

20 January 2017

The Chief Minister welcomes the greater clarity on the UK’s aspirations for Brexit afforded by Mrs May’s speech.

26 January 2017

The UK Government introduces legislation to Parliament to grant permission for the triggering of Article 50, the mechanism by which the UK will formally notify the EU of its intention to withdraw.

2 February 2017

The UK Government releases a white paper titled ‘The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union’.

16 March 2017

The legislation permitting the triggering of Article 50 receives Royal Assent.

23 March 2017

The House of Lords EU Committee publishes its report ‘Brexit: the Crown Dependencies’.

28 March 2017

The House of Commons Justice Committee publishes its report ‘The implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies’.

29 March 2017

The UK formally triggers Article 50, commencing a two-year period for negotiations between the UK and the EU.

Since 29 March 2017

30 March 2017

The UK Government publishes its white paper ‘Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union’ – giving details of the UK’s Great Repeal Bill, which will transfer all EU legislation into UK domestic law.

28 April 2017

The Council of Ministers publishes the fourth Interim Report on the referendum’s implications for the Isle of Man.

29 April 2017

The European Council unanimously agrees the EU’s negotiating guidelines for talks with the UK on the terms of its withdrawal.

16 May 2017

Tynwald debates the Isle of Man Government’s ongoing work on Brexit. The Chief Minister’s motion:

'That Tynwald notes the ongoing work of the Council of Ministers on the implications for the Isle of Man of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union'

is unanimously approved.

22 May 2017

The EU General Affairs Council authorises the opening of Brexit negotiations with the UK.

8 June 2017

The UK holds a General Election.

19 June 2017

The first meeting of negotiations between the UK and the European Union is held.

The UK publishes its Terms of Reference for the negotiations.

26 June 2017

The UK Government outlines its plans to offer EU citizens currently resident in the UK the opportunity to remain permanently following its exit from the EU.

2 July 2017

The UK Government announces its withdrawal from the 1964 London Fisheries Convention.Isle of Man Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture Geoffrey Boot MHK announces that the Isle of Man will continue to play an active role in discussions about the future of fisheries policy.

13 July 2017

The UK also releases three position papers on various aspects of its withdrawal from the European Union:

Ongoing Union judicial and administrative proceedings – position paper

Nuclear materials and safeguard issues – position paper

Privileges and immunities – position paper

13 July 2017

The UK Department for Exiting the European Union publishes the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, known more commonly as the ‘Great Repeal Bill’

Guidance for businesses and organisations on the Repeal Bill has also been produced. 

14 July 2017

The Chief Minister confirms that the Isle of Man will have its own version of the EU Repeal Bill, which will be brought forward later in 2017

17 July 2017

The second round of negotiations between the UK and the EU begin.

20 July 2017

Following the second round of negotiations, the UK and EU release a ‘joint technical note on the comparison of EU-UK positions on citizens’ rights’.

3 August 2017

Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union visits the Isle of Man to attend meetings with the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers as well as visit local industry including Isle of Man Creamery, Swagelok and the Isle of Man Food Park.

15 August 2017

UK publishes position paper outlining its desire to negotiate a “new customs partnership” with the remaining EU 27, which will negate the need for a customs border. The paper states that the Isle of Man will have opportunities to engage with and contribute to the UK’s international trade policy going forward. 

16 August 2017

UK publishes a second paper which sets out the UK’s position regarding the unique circumstances in Northern Ireland and Ireland following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Within which the UK reaffirms its commitment to the Common Travel Area and the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement and outlines plans to ensure that cross border trade remains “frictionless”.

Two additional papers have also been produced in support of the Northern Ireland and Ireland Position Paper:

Annex 1) Additional Data Paper: Common Travel Area data and statistics

Annex 2) Additional data paper: Northern Ireland trade data and statistics

21 August 2017

The UK publishes two positions papers: Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK – outlining the UK’s position on continuity in the availability of goods in UK and EU markets at the point of EU exit; and Confidentiality and access to documents – outlining the UK’s position on the ongoing confidentiality obligations and access to documents.

22 August 2017 The UK publishes ‘Providing a cross-border civil judicial cooperation framework – a future partnership paper’ outlining the UK’s position on cross-border civil judicial cooperation in the future partnership with the EU.
23 August 2017 The UK publishes ‘Enforcement and dispute resolution – a future partnership paper’ outlining options for enforcement and dispute resolution mechanisms for UK-EU agreements.
24 August 2017 The UK publishes ‘The exchange and protection of personal data – a future partnership paper’ outlining options for the protection of personal data after the UK exits the EU.
28 August 2017

The third round of negotiations between the UK and EU commences.

The UK releases three technical notes on various aspects of its withdrawal from the European Union:

Technical note on existing contracts for the supply of nuclear material

Technical note on spent fuel and radioactive waste

Technical note on functionality and Protocol 7
29 August 2017

The Isle of Man moves to develop closer economic connections with Commonwealth countries by becoming a strategic partner of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.

Chief Minister Hon Howard Quayle MHK said:

“Looking ahead to a world beyond Brexit, the Commonwealth offers a global network of markets and opportunities that the Isle of Man is particularly well placed to support. We specialise in facilitating international trade and investment and we look forward to making a positive contribution to the work of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.”

6 September 2017

The UK publishes ‘Collaboration on science and innovation – a future partnership paper’ outlining its objectives for a science and innovation agreement with the EU.

11 September 2017

The European Union Withdrawal Bill (more commonly known as the ‘Great Repeal Bill’) passes its second reading in the House of Commons by 326 votes to 290.

12 September 2017

The UK publishes Foreign Policy, defence and development – a future partnership paper which outlines its vision for future cooperation on external action and national security. 

18 September 2017

The UK publishes ‘Security, law enforcement and criminal justice – a future partnership paper’, which discusses options for maintaining internal security collaboration in a future partnership between the UK and the European Union.

22 September 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech in Florence, Italy titled ‘A new era of cooperation and partnership between the UK and the EU’ providing an update on the UK Government’s position on issues relating to Brexit, including economic and security cooperation, the Irish border and the rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom. Read the full text of the speech.

25 September 2017 The fourth round of Article 50 negotiations between the UK and the EU commence. Read Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union The Rt Hon David Davis MP’s opening remarks.
09 October 2017 The fifth round of Article 50 negotiations between the UK and the EU commence.

Future Dates

Date

Event

October 2018

The target date set by chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier for the conclusion of withdrawal negotiations, in order to allow time for them to be ratified before the end of the two-year Article 50 deadline.

29 March 2019

The deadline of the two-year Article 50 period for reaching a deal on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal and future relationship with the EU.

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