Current state of the Brexit process

Updated

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 information on the current situation.

About the situation as of 13 December 2019

As a result of the general election in the UK on 12 December which saw the Conservative Party win a clear majority of seats in the House of Commons, the risk of a no-deal withdrawal has been significantly reduced. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s election promise was to get Brexit done, and it is expected that he will soon submit to the newly elected parliament the withdrawal agreement the EU and the UK agreed on in October.

Once the agreement has been approved by the UK Parliament, the European Parliament will conclude its approval process, and the agreement will be entered into by the European Council on behalf of the EU.

If everything goes as expected, the UK will leave the EU at midnight on 31 January 2020.

If so, a transition period will begin, running until the end of 2020. The idea is to negotiate central parts of the future relationship between the EU and the UK during this period.

About the situation as of 30 October 2019

On 29 October, the European Council approved a third extension of the deadline for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The decision was taken in a written procedure.

The deadline is 31 January 2020 at the latest. It is flexible so that when both parties have completed their ratification procedures, the withdrawal will take place on the first day of the following month.

There are still uncertainties surrounding the UK’s withdrawal and there is a clear risk of a no-deal withdrawal. Efforts to prepare for such an outcome are still a necessary part of the work concerning Brexit.

The engagement of the Swedish Government and the European Union for an orderly withdrawal remains wholehearted, since withdrawal without an agreement is a particularly poor way of addressing the challenges that withdrawal entails. It would also lay a very poor foundation for the future relationship between the EU and the UK.

About the situation as of 17 October 2019

Press conference on the latest developments of the Brexit process with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the EU Summit on 17-18 October 2019 (in Swedish).