Following the June 2016 UK referendum vote to leave the EU and subsequent government invocation of Article 50 in March 2017, the Government is now in negotiations to reach agreement on the terms of withdrawal. The objectives of the Government in these negotiations include leaving the Customs Union and Single Market, having control over the number of people coming into the country from the rest of the EU, seeking a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and maintaining an open land border with Ireland.

Following the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement presented to Parliament in early 2019, the government introduced a revised withdrawal agreement to parliament in October 2019. The expiry date for the Article 50 declaration was extended to 31 January 2020. The government’s preferred option was to leave according the deal agreed with the EU, which provides a period of transition to negotiate a trade agreement. A general election has been called for 12 December 2019, and future policy on Brexit will not be known until after the new government is formed.

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