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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.

30 March 2017 to 29 March 2018

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.
19-20 October 2017 The European Council's October summit is held. It is agreed that the EU-27 will begin their internal discussions about a possible future relationship with the UK after withdrawal. The transition of UK-EU negotiations into this second phase is postponed until December at the earliest.
9-10 November 2017 The sixth round of UK-EU negotiations takes place in Brussels.
13 November 2017 Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis provides a statement to the House of Commons on progress in Brexit negotiations. This includes an announcement that the final agreement made between the UK and the EU will be put to Parliament in the form of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill.
14 November 2017 The UK’s European Union (Withdrawal) Bill begins the Committee Stage of the legislative process in the House of Commons.
8 December 2017 The UK and the European Commission publish a Joint Report on progress during Phase One of negotiations under Article 50. The European Commission confirms that it will be recommending that the European Council approve the move to Phase Two of negotiations at its summit on Thursday 14 to Friday 15 December 2017. 
13 December 2017 The House of Commons votes in favour of an amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill which will give Parliament a 'meaningful' vote on the final withdrawal agreement formed between the UK Government and the European Commission.
14-15 December 2017 The December summit of the Council of the EU is held, and the leaders of the EU-27 vote in favour of the Commission moving onto Phase Two of negotiations with the UK. Phase Two aims to settle the exact terms of the UK’s withdrawal and the relationship that will exist between the UK and the EU post-Brexit.

Also to be agreed in Phase Two is the UK’s withdrawal from Euratom (the European atomic energy community) and any future cooperation on security, defence, foreign policy, terrorism and international crime.
20 December 2017 In Westminster, The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill completes the Committee stage in the House of Commons.

In Brussels, the European Commission publishes its draft negotiating directives for Phase Two of Article 50 negotiations. They include:
• the United Kingdom will continue to participate in the Customs Union and the Single Market
• all existing Union regulatory, budgetary, supervisory, judiciary and enforcement instruments and structures will apply, including the competence of the Court of Justice of the European Union
• the United Kingdom will be a third country as of 30 March 2019. As a result, it will no longer be represented in Union institutions, agencies, bodies and offices
• the transition period should not last beyond 31 December 2020
16-17 January 2018 The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill completes the Report Stage and Third Reading in the Commons. This completes the Bill’s passage through the Commons.
18 January 2018 The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill receives its First Reading in the House of Lords.
30-31 January 2018 The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill receives its Second Reading in the House of Lords.
6-7 February 2018 The seventh round of Article 50 negotiations is held in Brussels.
14 February 2018 Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gives a speech in which he makes the case for ‘liberal Brexit’ – the first in a series of six speeches by Cabinet ministers intended to bring greater clarity to the UK’s vision of the post-Brexit United Kingdom.
17 February 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May gives a speech to the Munich Security Conference pledging that the UK will continue to be involved in European cooperation on security and intelligence matters.
19-20 February 2018 Article 50 negotiations take place in Brussels.
20 February 2018 Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis gives a speech in Vienna on the future of standards and regulations post-Brexit. He sought to provide reassurance that the UK would not engage in what he called a "bonfire of regulations".
21 February 2018 The Lords Committee Stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill commences. It is scheduled to continue until 26 March 2018.
22 February 2018 Senior UK Cabinet Ministers meet for a Chequers 'away-day' where they agree their collective vision of the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the European Union.
26-27 February 2018 Article 50 negotiations take place in Brussels.
26 February 2018 Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn announces that his party would seek a permanent customs union between the UK and the EU in order to ensure tariff-free trade and prevent the need for checks at the Irish border.

Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington makes a speech on Brexit and devolution. He says "the vast majority of powers returning from Brussels will start off in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – and not in Whitehall".
27 February 2018 Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox gives a speech at the London headquarters of Bloomberg on the topic of the UK's plans for free trade agreements with non-EU countries post-Brexit. The speech also provided a response to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's announcement that his party would back the UK remaining in customs union with the EU.
28 February 2018 The European Commission publishes its 119-page draft withdrawal agreement. The territorial scope of the draft agreement includes the Isle of Man, ensuring that the Island’s existing relationship with the EU will remain unchanged during the implementation period. 
2 March 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May gives a speech at Mansion House, London, where she outlined five ‘tests’ for the withdrawal agreement:

• The agreement with the EU must respect the referendum

• The agreement must endure

• The agreement must defend jobs and security

• The agreement must reflect the country the UK wants to be

The agreement must defend the Union [within the UK]
5 March 2018 The Chief Ministers of the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey meet with Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Robin Walker MP to discuss joint working on Brexit.
7 March 2018 European Council President Donald Tusk publishes the EU's draft negotiating guidelines for deliberation on the future trading relationship between the UK and the EU post-Brexit.
22-23 March 2018 The March 2018 European Council summit is held. The terms of a transition period after 29 March 2018 are agreed in principle and negotiations on a future trading relationship are permitted to commence.
28 March 2018 The Lords Committee Stage of the UK's European Union (Withdrawal) Bill concludes.

Since 29 March 2018

16 April 2018 The Lords Report Stage of the UK's European Union (Withdrawal) Bill commences.
16 April 2018 The Isle of Man’s draft European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is published for a six-week period of public consultation. The consultation can be accessed online at the Isle of Man Government Consultation Hub.
16-18 April 2018 The first round of Article 50 negotiations on the future economic relationship between the UK and the EU commence, as well as continued negotiations on the remaining unsettled issues within the Withdrawal Agreement.
4 May 2018 The Article 50 negotiating teams publish their list of topics for discussions on the future framework at forthcoming meetings
22-24 May 2018 Another round of Article 50 negotiations takes place with discussions on the remaining withdrawal issues, Northern Ireland and the future relationship.
23 May 2018 The UK publishes its Framework for the UK-EU Partnership position papers on data protection and science, research and innovation
24 May 2018 The UK publishes its Framework for the UK-EU Partnership position paper on the future economic partnership
29 May 2018 The public consultation on the Island's European Union (Withdrawal) Bill concludes.
5-8 June 2018 A round of Article 50 negotiations takes places in Brussels.
7 June 2018 The UK publishes its Framework for the UK-EU Partnership position paper on Transport.
19-20 June 2018 A round of Article 50 negotiations takes places in Brussels, with one day dedicated to the Irish border and one day to the future relationship. The negotiators publish a joint statement on progress.
26 June 2018 The UK’s European Union (Withdrawal) Bill receives Royal Assent, becoming the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
28-29 June 2018 The European Council June Summit is held, where leaders of the EU-27 discuss progress in Article 50 negotiations. 
2 July 2018 The sixth Quarterly Meeting between the Chief Ministers of the Crown Dependencies and Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, takes place at DExEU offices in London.
6 July 2018 The UK Cabinet meets at Chequers to agree the Prime Minister's detailed proposal for the future relationship between the UK and the EU post-Brexit.
9 July 2018 Rt Hon David Davis MP resigns at Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and is replaced by Minister of State for Housing and Planning Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP.
12 July 2018 The White Paper of the UK’s proposal for the future relationship between the UK and the European Union is published, with Secretary of State Dominic Raab delivering a statement to the Commons.

Chief Minister Hon Howard Quayle MHK welcomes the recognition of the Isle of Man’s position in the White Paper.
16-19 July 2018 A round of Article 50 negotiations takes place in Brussels, focusing on the remaining issues within the Withdrawal Agreement.
19 July 2018 New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab meet Chief EU Negotiator Michel Barnier for the first time in Brussels.

The European Commission published an update paper on Brexit negotiations, highlighting measures to be taken to prepare for a no-deal outcome.
20 July 2018 The General Affairs Council meets as the EU-27 to receive an update on the progress of negotiations by Michel Barnier.
24-26 July 2018 A round of Article 50 negotiations takes place in Brussels, with discussion on the remaining issues with the Withdrawal Agreement as well as on the future relationship.
16-17 August 2018 A round of Article 50 negotiations takes place in Brussels.
20 August 2018 The UK publishes Future Partnership Framework Slides on Financial Services and Open and fair competition.
21-22 August 2018 A round of Article 50 negotiations takes place in Brussels.
23 August 2018 The UK releases its first tranche of Technical Notices providing advice on planning for a no-deal scenario, following a speech by Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab.

Chief Minister Hon Howard Quayle MHK says: 'We started preparing for the UK’s exit from the EU before the result of the public referendum was announced in 2016. Significant work is taking place to help us secure the best possible outcome for the Isle of Man, our people and businesses.'
29-31 August 2018 A round of Article 50 negotiations takes place in Brussels.
4 September 2018 Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab provides an update on negotiations to the House of Commons.
5-6 September 2018 A round of Article 50 negotiations takes place in Brussels.
13 September 2018

The UK releases its second tranche of Technical Notices providing advice on planning for a no-deal scenario.

The Isle of Man Government has reviewed each Technical Notice and published a summary of the impact for Island residents and businesses.

18 September 2018 Michel Barnier attends a meeting of the General Affairs Council in Brussels to brief European foreign affairs ministers on the latest in the Brexit talks ahead of the two-day summit in Salzburg.

Future Dates

DateEvent
18-19 October 2018 EU summit where the final outcome of Article 50 negotiations is due to be agreed, beginning the process of ratification of the deal within the EU institutions.
23 October 2018 The Isle of Man's European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will commence its legislative passage through the branches of Tynwald with its First Reading in the House of Keys.
19-21 March 2019 The final sitting of Tynwald before the UK's withdrawal. By this point, all of the necessary changes to the Isle of Man's statute book will be in place.
21-22 March 2019 The UK attends an EU Summit for the final time.
29 March 2019 At 11pm GMT, after 46 years and 3 months of membership, the UK withdraws from the European Union.
31 December 2020 The transition period ends, in line with the EU's multi-year budget programme, and the final form of the UK's future relationship with the EU takes effect.
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