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When is Brexit? Key dates in 2019 as UK prepares exit from the EU

THREE years after British voters narrowly chose to split from the 28-nation European Union, the divorce from the bloc remains stuck in limbo.

The UK is set to leave the EU on October 31. Here are some of key dates in the Brexit process.

Key dates leading up to Brexit in 2019

On November 25, 2018, EU leaders agreed the UK's Brexit deal at the Brussels summit.

The agreement on the UK's withdrawal was considered to be the "best and only deal possible".

On December 10, 2018, Theresa May scrapped the vote on her Brexit in the Commons as it was due to fall to a heavy defeat.

And on January 15 the Brexit vote failed by 432 votes to 202.

May now plans to go back to the Commons in early June to give MPs a fourth chance to vote on her Withdrawal Agreement (WA).
However MPs on all sides have said they will vote down May's WA when it is brought before the House.


29 March – Brexit Day

  • Britain had been due to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019.
  • However, after UK MPs rejected the withdrawal deal Mrs May had agreed with Brussels – EU leaders eventually agreed to a six-month extension to the exit process until October 31, 2019.
  • The UK can leave the EU before this date if a withdrawal agreement is ratified between Britain and Brussels before then.

9-26 May

  • The first EU Summit following Britain's failure to leave on March 29 started on May 9 in Sibiu, Romania.
  • European Council President Donald Tusk said there is a one in three chance Brexit will be cancelled on May 10.
  • Brits went to the polls on May 23 to vote in the European elections.
  • Theresa May resigned on May 24.
  • Elections for the European Parliament in 27 EU countries happened during May 23-26.
  • Elections results on May 26 showed the Brexit Party won 29 seats, Labour had 10 and the Tories had a dismal four.

Early June

  • June 7 – May stepped down as party leader. She is leaving her position as Prime Minister without having delivered Brexit.
  • June 10 – Deadline for Tory leadership hopefuls to enter the race
  • June 11-12 – 1922 committee hustings (secret)
  • June 13 – Tory MPs' first ballot – three candidates were eliminated, another resigned
  • June 17 – Second hustings of Tory MPs (secret)
  • June 18 – Second ballot of Tory MPs – eliminate bottom 10 per cent
  • June 19-20 – MPs take part in ballots until only 2 candidates remain
  • June 22 – Tory party members vote between last two in a postal ballot


  • July 9 – Labour announce they will officially back remain in a second Brexit referendum
  • July 22 – Next PM is announced in the following week

31 October

  • Under the new extension to exit process, Britain should leave the EU on or before October 31.
    Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom said she had to resign over Theresa May’s Brexit plan that had elements 'I cannot support'

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