Brexit Date Moved To January 31, 2020; United Kingdom Will Not Hold General Election

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At a Glance

UK and EU government representatives agreed to further postpone the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union until January 31, 2020. This could change if both the United Kingdom and the European Union ratify the Withdrawal Agreement before then. In that case, the United Kingdom would leave the European Union the first day of the following month. During the extension, the United Kingdom will remain a member of the European Union and UK nationals will continue to benefit from the rights provided to EU nationals, meaning they will not need work permits to work in EU countries. As a result of the extension, the UK Parliament has again rejected the Prime Minister's request for a general election on December 12, 2019. Last week, the UK introduced legislation before Parliament to regulate entry to and stay in the United Kingdom for European Economic Area nationals which would go into effect in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The legislation specified that it would come into force on October 31, 2019, however this is highly unlikely since Brexit has been postponed. The situation

UK and EU government representatives agreed to further postpone the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union until January 31, 2020.

Brexit date moved

If both the United Kingdom and the European Union ratify the Withdrawal Agreement before January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom would leave the European Union the first day of the following month.

General Election

As a result of the European Union's agreement to postpone Brexit, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has requested that the UK Parliament agree to hold a General Election on December 12, 2019. This request was rejected by Parliament on October 28, 2019.

To date, the lack of progress made by the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (which governs the terms of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union) through the UK Parliament has had the consequence of delaying Brexit.

The alternative option of leaving the European Union without a deal has been challenged a number of times and rejected by Parliament. Therefore, currently Parliament cannot agree on a deal, nor will they agree to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a deal and therefore a date for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union cannot be finalized.

Impacts of an extension to Brexit and a General Election being rejected

Impact for employers. An extension to the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union...

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