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Art. 50 Extension - The Facts

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Author: Richelle de Wit
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Facts from the EU Decision on the extension of Art. 50, 11th of April 2019.

29.3.2019  Original date when the UK was supposed to leave the EU, as a result of invoking Article 50 on the 29th
of March 2017.

12.4.2019   First extension date.

31.10.2019  Second extension date.

1.11.2019   New date when the UK is supposed to leave the EU if no ratification of a Withdrawal Agreement has
been obtained before the 31st of October. If an Agreement has been ratified before this date, Brexit will become effective on the 1st of the month following ratification date.

31.5.2019   Possible end of extension period in the case that the UK is still a member of the EU between 23 and
26th of May 2019, no Withdrawal Agreement has been ratified on the 22nd of May and the UK has not met their obligation to hold European Elections.

Furthermore, the UK is entitled to revoke their decision to leave the EU at any time during this new extension period and “they shall facilitate the performance of the tasks of the Union and shall refrain from taking any action that may affect the achievement of the Union’s objectives, in particular when participating in the Union’s decision-making processes.

The current mandates of the members of the institutions, bodies and bodies of the Union appointed, assigned or elected in relation to membership of the United Kingdom of the EU will cease as soon as the Treaties cease to apply to the United Kingdom, namely on the date of withdrawal.

This extension does not include any reopening of the Withdrawal Agreement. Any commitment, declaration or any other unilateral act of the United Kingdom must be compatible with the letter and spirit of the Withdrawal Agreement and not be an obstacle to its execution. This extension can not be used for the purpose of initiating negotiations on future relations.

The European Council will review the situation again at its meeting in June 2019.”

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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