Your Information Portal about BREXIT
British Brexit is a portal where interested parties can get the facts about Brexit and what the British Government is doing, from the British Government perspective, and the facts from Europe, as well as opinions from businesses, individuals and organisations including European organisations, that do not necessarily agree with the British Government position, or indeed with the European position. You may comment on any opinion piece, and your (moderated) comments will be published on site and may be shared at relevant events and with relevant British Bulgarian organisations – such as the British Bulgarian Business Association – from time to time.
An Informed Summary
If you are short of time and want to get on top of where we are and how we got here without reading all the original publications, arguments and opinions, this summary is for you…
THE BBC – 13th July 2017
British Government Information
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What happened NEXT?
Except where there are major decision/debates in the Government we will be updating the site by using the government’s BREXIT info which you can follow here
Theresa May calls for a snap election on June 8th in UK.
The Prime Minister, Theresa May, made a statement in the House of Commons on Wednesday 29 March 2017 on triggering Article 50. Listen to the statement or read full transcript here.
Royal Assent granted – March 16th 2017
Progress of the Bill to Royal Assent State, March 13th 2017
Full text of the Bill that triggers Article 50:
Regular government updates on Brexit progress can be found here
Comprehensive reports and briefings that relate to the UK’s EU referendum 2016. The page includes links to the relevant legislation as well as background to the negotiations.
The Referendum was held on June 23rd 2016
The Referendum result:
Vote Leave Vote Remain
The Referendum Turnout:
72.2 per cent of registered voters cast their ballots in the referendum, according to the Electoral Commission, meaning that a total of 33,568,184 ballot papers was included in the count for the referendum.
What the government advised the voters – Why the government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the best decision for the uk
How it all began The European Referendum Act 2015
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Statement by the European Council* (Art. 50) on the UK notification, Brussels, 29 March 2017
Declaration of the Leaders of 27 Member States and of the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission- Brussels, 25 March 2017
The Rome Declaration
(Editor: no mention of BREXIT here – the present is already the past)
Brussels, 22 March 2017
Speech by Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom, at the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions
March 1st 2017. Commission presents White Paper on the future of Europe: Avenues for unity for the EU at 27
“Renewing our European Vows” – Commissioner Hogan on Brexit – 16th February 2017
Press Briefing by EC Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier, 6th December 2016
Joint statement by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Mark Rutte, holder of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, on the outcome of the United Kingdom referendum (24/06/2016).
British Chambers of Commerce Feb 2017 Business Brexit Prioiritiesread more
Alternative views, issues and debate
A.C.Grayling, the eminent British philosopher, has strong views about the legitimacy of the UK/EU referendum, and the inevitability of Brexit. For example here is his piece from the the New European on 11th January 2017, on 'Why did the EU referendum happen and how...read more
Tony Blair, Britain's Labour Prime Minister from 1997 - 2007, said in a keynote speech to pro-European campaign group Open Britain on February 17th 2017 that it was his "mission" to persuade Britons to "rise up" and change their minds on Brexit. He claimed that people...read more
Sir John Major, Britain's Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1990 - 1997, in a speech at the foreign affairs think tank Chatham House on February 27th, launched an attack on Theresa May's Government over Brexit and warned that leaving the EU...read more
"The Brexit process will test the UK’s constitutional and legal frameworks and bureaucratic capacities to their limits - and possibly beyond. As our institutions are tested, so too our politics are being reshaped. Not all these changes are directly attributable to the...read more
March 13th 2017 Nicola Surgeon - "It will be decided by the people of Scotland. It will be Scotland's choice. And I trust the people to make that choice". Full transcript of her...read more