Brexit timeline: What happens next between Britain and the EU?

Britain's decision to leave the European Union has plunged the bloc into crisis, with a slew of meetings called to determine the next steps.

A critical juncture will be the two-day EU summit in Brussels starting Tuesday, when British Prime Minister David Cameron faces his counterparts from the 27 other EU members.

Here's some of the events to watch out for in the coming days:


  • 8:30 am London: British cabinet reconvenes.
  • 11 am Dublin: Irish parliament holds special session on Brexit.
  • 1 pm Belfast: Northern Irish First Minister Arlene Foster addresses the regional assembly.
  • 1:30 pm London: British parliament is in session.
  • 5 pm London: Labour politicians meet to discuss a vote of no confidence against party chief Jeremy Corbyn.

Representatives of several EU states meet for consultations:

  • 9 am Paris: French President Francois Hollande meets EU President Donald Tusk.
  • 1 pm Brussels: The EU Commission debates consequences of the Brexit referendum and prepares for the EU summit.
  • 1 pm Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Tusk meet.
  • 4 pm Berlin: Merkel, Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi meet (statements expected around 4:30 pm).
  • EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini meets US Secretary of State John Kerry in Brussels before a discussion with British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond in London.
  • Prague: Meeting of foreign ministers of the Visegrad group, including Lubomir Zaoralek (Czech Republic), Witold Waszczykowski (Poland), Peter Szijjarto (Hungaria) and Miroslav Lajcak (Slovakia) as well as Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Germany).



  • 8 am Brussels: EU Parliament reconvenes for a special session.
  • 8:30 am Berlin: Merkel issues government statement on Britain's decision to leave the EU, during a special session looking towards the EU summit in Brussels that begins later Tuesday.
  • 12 pm Edinburgh: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses the regional assembly.

During the two-day EU summit in Brussels the exit of Britain plays a central role.

  • 11 am: Preliminary meeting of European party groups
  • 2 pm: Summit begins with meeting led by EU Parliament chief Martin Schulz.
  • Around 5:45 pm: British Prime Minister David Cameron reports on the situation in his country during a working dinner.
  • At the close of the day's conference, Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hold a press conference. Merkel will also speak (time unspecified).



  • Brussels: An "informal meeting" without Britain is to take place at the sidelines of the EU summit among the leaders of the 27 remaining member states. The focus will be the organization of Britain's exit process and the future of the EU.
  • Brussels: As the summit concludes, Juncker and Tusk will address the press together with Merkel.
Last update: Sun, 26/06/2016 - 18:47


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