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 Mars 2017 the UK applied for a withdrawal from the EU. The United Kingdom left the EU by 1 February 2020.

On this page, we describe the work of the Government and the Government Offices on the Brexit process, the preparations for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the negotiations on the future relationship with the UK. You can find information about the implications of the withdrawal agreement, for example, and what will happen during the transition period. You can also find information about the Government’s preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit, and important links to Brexit-related information for citizens and businesses.

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Stefan Löfven
Hans Dahlgren
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Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren and Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs Anna Hallberg standing opposite each other.
Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren and Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs Anna Hallberg. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren and Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs Anna Hallberg ahead of the UK withdrawal from the EU

The UK left the EU on 1 February. What happens now and what does the transition period that begins entail? What form will future relations between the EU and the UK take? Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren and Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs Anna Hallberg discuss some of the details in an interview.

Hans Dahlgren and Magdalena Andersson at a press conference.
Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren and Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson at a press briefing on the Government’s preparations ahead of Brexit. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

What does a withdrawal based on the agreement mean?

The United Kingdom left the EU on 1 February 2020. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, a transition period has begun during which most practical matters will continue as before. Subsequently, the future relationship is intended to take effect.

Paula Carvalho Olovsson
Paula Carvalho Olovsson, State Secretary to Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

EU’s future relationship with the UK

When the UK left the EU at midnight on 1 February 2020, a transition period began that will run until the end of 2020. It is envisioned that at the end of transition period, the future relationship between the EU and the UK will take effect.

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