What does a ‘transition period’ for the UK mean?

This period would run between the end of the Article 50 negotiations – March 30th 2019 – and the start of a new treaty setting out the new relationship between the UK and the EU. In December 2017 the European Commission’s draft guidelines for this period said EU law would continue to apply to the UK “as if it were a member state”, but that the UK would no longer be represented on EU bodies. This would mean the UK continuing to have the same obligations as an EU member, but not all of the benefits. The EU has suggested the transition period should conclude at the end of 2020.

Find out more – read our explainer on the transition period.

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