Prepared for the Brexit



On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom officially notified the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the European Union. As a staunch defender of the European project, the Government of Spain regrets this decision but understands that the British people have spoken.

This was followed by a period of two years for the European Union and the United Kingdom to negotiate an agreement on an orderly withdrawal and lay the foundations for their future relationship.

The negotiators from both sides reached an agreement on the text of a Withdrawal Agreement, which was ratified by the European Council (article 50) on 25 November 2018. However, this text was rejected on several occasions by the British Parliament. Following a change of government in the UK, the negotiators of the parties revised the texts, particularly with respect to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. The new text agreed on by the negotiators was accepted by the European Council (Article 50) on 17 October 2019 and approved by the British Parliament on 23 January 2020.

By means of the approval and ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will leave the European Union in an orderly fashion on 31 January 2020. The Withdrawal Agreement includes a Transition Period from 1 February to 31 December 2020

Given that an agreed withdrawal is the best option, the Government of Spain has been working from day one at both European and domestic levels in all areas to ensure the least possible impact from the withdrawal by the United Kingdom.

This website aims to provide the necessary information on this new status quo so that citizens and economic operators can know what Brexit is, how the negotiation process took place and about the changes that the UK's withdrawal from the European Union will mean for their interests, as well as the contingency measures that are being adopted at both national and international levels.

Non official translation

  • What is Brexit
  • Current situation
  • How to get ready
  • News

Links of Interest:

European Council

European Commission

European Parliament

British Government

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