Signed, sealed and delivered: Brexit Begins

29 March 2017

Theresa May has this afternoon triggered Article 50, formally notifying the EU of the UK's intention to withdraw from membership.

This starts the two-year clock for departure, making 29 March 2019 the expected date that the UK will leave the EU (unless members unanimously agree to an extension).

Negotiations for the terms of departure are expected to formally begin in May, after EU leaders meet on 29 April to finalise their position. Both the UK government and EU leaders have indicated their intention to reach agreement on securing the rights of EU nationals already in the UK (and British citizens elsewhere in the EU) early on in the negotiation process - however no formal arrangements are yet in place.

LDS will be closely monitoring developments on the immigration aspects of the Brexit negotiations and participating in a number of consultations on the potential changes to the UK immigration system for new entrants post-Brexit. Look out for our regular updates and events, bringing you the latest news and analysis.

For further information on the implications of Brexit for employers and EU nationals, and our Brexit services, contact your assigned LDS or LDA lawyer or