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 is expected to leave 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.
Current state of the Brexit process
The Government is assessing developments continuously. This page contains information on the current situation.
What does a withdrawal based on the agreement mean?
According to the timetable that applies, the United Kingdom will leave the EU at midnight on 31 January 2020. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, a transition period will then begin during which most practical matters will continue as before. Subsequently, the future relationship is intended to take effect.
EU’s future relationship with the UK
If, as expected, the UK leaves the EU at midnight on 31 January 2020, a transition period will begin 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.
Content about Brexit - the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union
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Climate, long-term budget and Brexit at European Council
EU climate objectives, the long-term budget and Brexit were among the issues that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven discussed with his EU colleagues when they met in Brussels on 12–13 December. The EU leaders also discussed deepening the EMU.
Climate, long-term budget and Brexit at EU summit
On 12–13 December, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will meet his European Council colleagues for the final summit of the year. EU leaders will discuss the EU’s climate goals for 2050, the EU's long-term budget and external relations. Deepening Europe's Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and Brexit are on Friday’s agenda.
Brexit, enlargement and the long-term budget at the EU Summit
Brexit, EU enlargement and the EU’s long-term budget were among the issues that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven raised when he met his EU colleagues on 17–18 October. The heads of state and government also discussed the situation in Syria and Turkey.
Extension of the exemption from application and tuition fees in the event of a no-deal Brexit
A temporary exemption from application and tuition fees at institutions of higher education was previously introduced for certain British citizens to mitigate the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement. The UK's withdrawal has since been postponed until 31 October 2019, and the Government has therefore decided to extend the temporary exemption from application and tuition fees.
Brexit and the EU’s long-term budget at the EU Summit
On Thursday and Friday, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will meet his EU colleagues in Brussels. The meeting will be dominated by Brexit and discussions on the EU’s long-term budget for 2021–2027. The heads of state and government will also discuss EU enlargement and climate change.
Special regulations on residence permits in the event of a no-deal Brexit
The Ministry of Justice has circulated a memorandum for comment containing proposals for special regulations on residence permits for UK citizens in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The proposals are part of the Government’s preparations ahead of Brexit and aim to make it easier for UK citizens living in Sweden to be granted a residence permit here.
Prime Minister to receive Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will receive Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar on Thursday 3 October. Mr Löfven and Mr Varadkar will discuss issues surrounding Brexit, as well as current bilateral and EU issues.
Government’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit
The Swedish Government has assessed that the risk of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement has increased. To address the most serious consequences of a no-deal withdrawal, the Government has taken a range of measures that strengthen Sweden’s preparedness. At a press conference today, Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson and Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren outlined Sweden’s preparations ahead of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier
On 4 April, the Prime Minister and the Minister for EU Affairs received the EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier.
Exemption from provisions on application and tuition fees at higher education institutions for certain British citizens after Brexit
As citizens of a state within the European Union, British citizens are exempt from application and tuition fees for studies at higher education institutions in Sweden. If the United Kingdom leaves the EU on 30 March without a withdrawal agreement, British citizens will become subject to the rules applying to third-country nationals. On 21 March 2019, the Government decided that a temporary exemption from the provisions on application and tuition fees at higher education institutions will apply for certain British citizens so as to mitigate the consequences of withdrawal.