The EU Referendum in June 2016 was a vote by British citizens on whether the country should stay or leave the European Union. External It is often referred to as BREXIT which is shorthand for “British Exit.” The history behind the word BREXIT seems to reference GREXIT when there was talk about Greece exiting the EU and several sources seem to feel that the word BREXIT originated with Peter Wilding’s post "Stumbling towards the Brexit" (May 15, 2012). Below a few key dates in the history of the EU/Great Britain relationship (for more information see the complete timeline External ).
November 25, 2018: European leaders endorsed the BREXIT agreement announced earlier in November.
December 10, 2018: The vote in Parliament scheduled for December 11 was canceled. The European Court of Justice agreed with the advice of its top legal officer External, who declared that the UK has the power to withdraw its notification to leave the EU under Article 50 without the agreement of other member states.
January 15, 2019: The BREXIT vote on the government's plan was rejected by Parliament 432 to 202.
March 12, 2019: The BREXIT vote on the government's plan was rejected by Parliament for a second time 391 votes to 242.
March 13, 2019: Parliament voted to reject leaving the European Union without a deal.
March 14, 2019: Parliament voted for a delay in BREXIT but rejected a second referendum.
March 22, 2019: The British Prime Minister was able to secure a delay of BREXIT. The new date is April 12 (with a possible extenstion to May 22) if Parliament approves the delay by the end of the following week.
For more about the history and development of the EEC / EU and to trace the key events that have changed the Common Market from the UK perspective, see Parliament's Living Heritage page. External