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.

This page contains more information on 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
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in front of journalists
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at an EU Summit in Brussels. Photo: The European Union

Current state of the Brexit process

The Government is assessing developments continuously. This page contains information on the current situation.

Passengers at an airport. Photo: Lars Brundin/Sydsvenskan/TT
The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union without an agreement would have consequences for private individuals in Sweden. For example, it would affect the rules concerning travel to and from the UK. Photo: Lars Brundin/Sydsvenskan/TT

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

A withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union without an agreement would have consequences for private individuals in Sweden. For example, it would affect the rules concerning travel to and from the UK and which rules apply regarding online shopping from the UK.

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.

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

What does Brexit mean for the business sector?

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.

Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson and Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren in front of journalists
Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson and Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren at a press conference about Sweden’s preparations ahead of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

Contingency planning to handle a no-deal

The Government, in cooperation with relevant agencies, is conducting contingency planning to address the serious consequences that would arise if the UK were to leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement. This concerns identifying, planning and carrying out the measures required to deal with the effects of such a scenario.

Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP/TT

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.

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