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On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum on its membership of the EU, with a majority voting in favour of the UK leaving the EU. On 29 March 2017, the UK Prime Minister gave formal notification of the UK's intention to withdraw from the EU, commencing the withdrawal process under Article 50 TEU, see: Brexit: UK Article 50 TEU notification starts the clock—what happens now?
On 31 January 2020, the UK’s formal withdrawal from the EU took effect and the UK ceased to be an EU Member State. Exit day marked the end of the withdrawal period under Article 50 TEU and the start of a time-limited transition/implementation period, during which the transitional arrangements provided in Part 4 of the Withdrawal Agreement apply. The implementation period is due to last until 31 December 2020 (unless extended). During this period, the UK will:
be treated as a Member State for many purposes
remain part of the EU single market and customs union
implement and adhere to EU law obligations as if it was still a Member State
respect the four freedoms of movement of goods, people, services and capital
continue to be subject to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European UNion
As a non-Member State, the UK will not be involved in the EU institutions and decision-making in
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