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A 2020 Brexit timeline

Feb 09, 2020


The UK left the EU on 31 January, but what does the rest of the year look like in terms of negotiations, what are the key dates and Brexit milestones of which you need to be aware? David McGee gives you a list of what you can expect until the end of the year.

February 2020

25 February

European ministers are scheduled to meet in Brussels. It is expected that they will approve a new negotiating mandate for Michel Barnier.

March 2020

26-27 March

European Council meeting.

June 2020

It is expected that a UK-EU27 summit will take place to finalise the new trade relationship that will apply from the end of 2020.

18-19 June

European Council meeting.

July 2020

1 July

The legal deadline for agreeing on an extension to the transition period. The amendment blocking an extension to the transition period means that, should a trade deal not be agreed by 31 December 2020, there is the risk that the UK deals with the EU on WTO terms.

October 2020

15-16 October

European Council meeting.

November 2020

26 November

MEPs will be in Strasbourg for their penultimate plenary session of 2020. European lawmakers have stated that a trade deal must be negotiated, checked, translated and presented to the European Parliament by this date if the transition period is to end by 31 December 2020.

December 2020

10-11 December

European Council meeting.

31 December

This date marks the end of the transition period as per the Withdrawal Agreement. The UK Government aims to have negotiated the future economic partnership and financial settlement with the EU by this deadline.

December 2022

31 December

Should the UK Government request an extension of the transition period it would end on 31 December 2022. This is not the UK Government's intention.

David McGee is Brexit Partner at PwC.