Spotlight: Brexit

On 23 June 2016, the British decided in a referendum to withdraw from the EU. Great Britain had formally submitted its resignation request on 29.03.2017 and should therefore no longer be a member of the Confederation of States as of 29.03.2019 in accordance with Article 50 TEU.

Since then the Brexit has been postponed twice and determines the public discussion in Great Britain and the 27 remaining EU member states. It was only at the beginning of January 2020 that the British House of Commons approved a Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by the British government with the EU Commission, which allows the United Kingdom to withdraw in an orderly manner from the Customs Union, the Internal Market and the political and administrative institutions of the European Union.

While the danger of a "hard" Brexit is thereby averted, after ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, negotiations will begin on a free trade agreement in which the legal, economic and financial relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union are to be permanently regulated. The Brexit is therefore by no means 'done', but is only now entering its decisive phase.

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