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The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in 2016, but, at the moment, we are still part of the EU. So, what is actually happening, and where are we now?
“Get Brexit done.” You may have heard this phrase in the news, as an election slogan from Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. The Prime Minster is making the process sound simple, describing “an oven-ready deal” and saying it will be a “just add water” process, but leaving the European Union will be complicated: there are a lot of factors affecting the outcome. The first deadline for Britain leaving the EU was on March 29th, 2019. Theresa May, who was then the Prime Minister, had tried to negotiate a deal with European leaders.
A deal would cover the movement of people and goods between Britain and other European countries; the rights of British citizens to live in the EU and the rights of European citizens to live in the UK, how we deal with human rights, standards for food and medicine; and our position on the environment amongst other things. If you’re a European citizen resident in the UK, read our guide here.
The deal Theresa May had drawn up was voted down by the UK parliament. MPs rejected it because they did not agree with the terms set out in the proposed deal, but no alternative plans were offered and the deadline for Britain leaving the EU was extended to October 31st, 2019.
On June 7th, Theresa May resigned as Prime Minister. She was no longer viewed as a capable leader by the Conservative Party because of the lack of a viable Brexit deal. Conservative Party members voted for Boris Johnson to be the new Tory Party leader and, as such, the new Prime Minister.
Boris Johnson promised Britain would leave the EU on October 31st, with or without a deal, saying he would rather “be dead in a ditch” than extend the deadline again.
However, in September, MPs voted the Benn Act (named after Labour MP Hillary Benn) into law, making it unlawful for Johnson to take the UK out of the EU with no deal and without asking for another extension in order to negotiate one. A deal wasn’t agreed by the UK Parliament and the European Council agreed to extend the Brexit deadline until January 31st, 2020.