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Official Brexit date set for 31st January 2020


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Boris Johnson announced that the United Kingdom has finally passed ‘the finishing line’ for leaving the European Union (EU).

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill has been given Royal Assent on Thursday 23rd January 2020 which will mean that the official Brexit date will be on 31st January 2020.

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill covers:

  • United Kingdom’s ‘divorce bill’ to the European Union for years to come
  • How customs border will work between Northern Ireland and Great Britain
  • Possibility of an extension of the transition period beyond 31st December 2020
  • Aspects of domestic law where some EU laws will remain supreme

So, what happens next?

The trade negotiations between the United Kingdom government and the European Union will begin.

There will be a transitional period until 31st December 2020 where the United Kingdom will still be under EU law but will not be represented in the EU’s institutions.

Depending on whether a trade deal has been agreed or not with the European Union by the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020, the United Kingdom will either be left with a new relationship or no trade deal with the European Union.

What about EEA nationals currently living in the UK?

If you are an EEA national residing and working in the United Kingdom and you do not have Permanent Residency or Indefinite Leave to Remain, you will need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme by no later than 30 June 2021.

Please kindly refer to our article on EU Settlement Scheme to read more about who should apply and how to apply via this link:

Should you have any questions on how to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme for you or for your family members, please do not hesitate to contact our professional team of Immigration Solicitors at Barar and Associates at or call us at 020 7487 8370. You can access more information about us via


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