UPDATE (5) : 22nd March 2019 – the EU has agreed an extension. I will issue a new blog post next week after the package is voted on again.
UPDATE (4) : 19th March 2019 – the package will not be voted on until next week (the final week) before the exit date (29th March).
UPDATE (3) : 18th March 2019 – the Speaker of the House of Commons rules the package cannot come back for a third vote (MV3) unless it is substantially altered.
UPDATE (2) : the PM statement dated today 15th March (does not add) – here.
UPDATE : The PM’s spokesperson says that the end date of the transition period will *not* change as a result of an Article 50 extension i.e the extra days the UK spends as an EU member state will eat into the transition period.
I said I would post to update on the date of the exit date, after the votes today.
In UK and EU Law the exit date is 29th March 2019.
Today, the UK Parliament agreed the UK government proposal that it would ask the EU for a delay in the exit date.
The Government proposal is to bring back for a further vote of UK MPs, the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration package that was rejected (a second time) a few days ago.
If the package is agreed on the third time of asking, then the proposal is to ask the EU to delay for a short period (until 30 June 2019).
If the package is not agreed, then the proposal agreed today is to ask the EU to delay for a much longer (unspecified) period.
Specifically the proposal is to hold the vote on the package by 20 March (the day before the European Council – of EU leaders) and it notes that it is highly likely that the EU would require a clear purpose for any extension (that is beyond 30 June because the package was voted down again by UK MPs), not least to determine its length.
The Government will make a statement tomorrow, which may give further clarity on the order of events.
Reminding, further legal actions will be needed to change the exit date from 29th March.
The laws required to adjust the UK statute book so it can operate on its own, listed in the Brexit Law List on subscribers Cardinal Environment EHS Legislation Registers and Checklists, will still be required. They come into force on exit day. It is the date of the exit day that would appear to be about to be moved.
The no-deal notices and instructions still matter. Until there is a UK-EU deal that is agreed and then ratified by the UK and EU Parliaments, or the article 50 notification is withdrawn/revoked, no-deal will take place, even if the UK MPs voted yesterday (for the second time) that it should not.
Moving the exit date will be subject to agreement by the EU.
Specifically, considering the days before 29 March 2019 –
* the UK Government must agree an extension with the 27 remaining EU governments next week, and they have to agree on that unanimously with the UK Government.
* then after securing an extension from the EU, the UK Government must then introduce new legislation to change the exit date and the statutory instrument to effect this must be passed before 29 March.
* this is the case even if the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration is passed (on its third time of asking) – although this package would itself put in place a transition period.
I will issue a new Blog post when there is more information.