The Brexit process

The UK will leave the European Union at 23:00 on 31 January 2020. A revised Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration was agreed with the European Council on 17 October 2019.

Separate citizens' rights agreements have also been agreed between the UK and Switzerland and the UK and the EEA EFTA states.

The Withdrawal Agreement needs to be ratified to take effect and domestic UK legislation needs to be passed to implement it.

After exit there will be a Transition Period which will last until 31 December 2020, but could be extended. During this Transition Period the UK will continue to apply EU law and existing UK and EU arrangements with a limited number of exceptions.

Keeping up to date

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

The House of Commons library publishes briefings on a wide range of Brexit related topics.

Preparing for changes

Across Essex, local authorities and public services have worked together and planned for leaving the EU. Under the Withdrawal Agreement there are very limited changes during the Transition Period. The UK and EU will negotiate new arrangements during the Transition Period, and we will identify and plan to implement the changes needed.

Local resilience forums (LRFs) 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) will plan to mitigate any disruption to our county at the end of the Transition Period.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is not ratified

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

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