Brexit – the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union

In a referendum held on 23 June 2016, a 52 per cent majority of voters in the UK voted to leave the European Union. On 29 March 2017, the UK applied to withdraw from the EU.

On this page, we describe the work of the Government and the Government Offices in response to the Brexit process, including preparations for a withdrawal. This includes a description of what a no-deal withdrawal would entail and what regulatory amendments have been implemented to deal with it, and what Brexit means for the business sector and the citizens who are particularly affected.

Responsible ministers
Stefan Löfven
Hans Dahlgren
Responsible ministries
Prime Minister's Office
Photo: European Union

Current state of the Brexit process

The Government is assessing developments continuously and, in its communications with the people of Sweden and all actors in society, will provide all the information that can be provided. This page contains up-to-date information on the current situation.

Photo: Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU

What happens in the event of a no-deal withdrawal?

The main scenario in the Brexit process remains an orderly withdrawal based on the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement. However, in view of the ongoing approval process in the United Kingdom Parliament, there is a clear risk of a no-deal withdrawal on 13 April. Efforts to prepare for such an outcome are a necessary part of the work concerning Brexit.

Photo: The Government Offices

Regulatory amendments to deal with Brexit

An important part of preparing for a no-deal withdrawal of the United Kingdom is implementing necessary regulatory amendments in both EU legislation and Swedish statutes.

Photo: Martina Huber/Government Offices of Sweden

What does Brexit mean for the citizens who are particularly affected?

This page contains information on what Brexit will mean for particularly affected citizens, namely Swedish and other European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom and UK citizens living in Sweden or another EU Member State.

Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

What does Brexit mean for businesses?

The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union will affect companies that trade with the UK or are affected by UK participation in the single market in other ways. The business sector must follow the development of negotiations and prepare for all conceivable outcomes. The main scenario is an orderly withdrawal based on a withdrawal agreement that includes provisions on a transition period that runs until the end of 2020. However, a there is a clear risk for a no-deal withdrawal cannot be ruled out.

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