European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019

Jurisdiction:  UK

Commencement:   8th April 2019

Amends:   European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018


Mini Summary

The principle purpose of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 is to ensure that the UK has a functioning statute book on the day it leaves the EU. As a general rule, the same rules and laws will apply on the day after exit as on the day before. The Act does not aim to make major changes to policy or establish new legal frameworks in the UK beyond those which are required to ensure that the law continues to function properly from exit day.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Exit Day) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/859) extends ‘exit day’ from 11pm on 12th April 2019 until 11pm on 31st October 2019 unless there is a withdrawal agreement and it comes into force before this date, in which case the extension would be terminated early.



This 2019 Act makes no relevant changes to duties on businesses. It only defines methods parliament must use to request extensions for the UK exit of the EU.

On the day this Act is made law or the day after, a Minister of the Crown must move a motion in the House of Commons in the form set out in the Act.

The Minister of the crown shall use this motion to seek or agree to an extension of the period specified in Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union as long as the extension cannot end earlier than the 22nd May 2019, unless a withdrawal agreement is reached.

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