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The Brexit process

The Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future relationship between the UK and EU were endorsed by the European Council. The UK Parliament voted to reject the Withdrawal Agreement.

The European Council agreed on 11 April to a request from the UK government for a further extension to Article 50 which will delay the UK exit from the EU. This extension may potentially last until 31 October 2019. The UK may leave earlier than 31 October if there is ratification of a withdrawal agreement.

Separate citizens' rights agreements were made between UK and Switzerland and UK and the EEA EFTA states.

Keeping up to date

Visit GOV.UK for current guidance and to sign up for email updates.

Preparing to leave the EU

Across Essex, local authorities and public services are working together and planning for leaving the EU.

This includes participating in local resilience forums (LRFs). These are multi-agency partnerships, made up of representatives from local public services, including the emergency services, local authorities, the NHS, the Environment Agency and others. The Essex Resilience Forum (ERF) is planning to mitigate any disruption to our county that may be caused by leaving the EU.

Nationally, the government is working closely with the NHS and suppliers to make sure medicines continue to be available. Visit NHS for more information on getting your medicines if there's a no-deal EU Exit.

If there is no deal

Information is given on GOV.UK on how to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

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