Setback in process for an orderly withdrawal


On 15 January, the House of Commons of the UK Parliament voted by a large majority to reject the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement. This means a setback in the process for an orderly UK withdrawal. It does not mean that the process has ended.

The Swedish Government’s and the EU’s engagement for an orderly withdrawal remains wholehearted, since a no-deal withdrawal is a particularly poor way to meet the challenges that a withdrawal would entail. It would also lay a very poor foundation for the future relationship between the EU and the UK.

However, the results of the vote make the risk of a no-deal withdrawal even clearer, and efforts to prepare for such an outcome will therefore remain a necessary part of work concerning Brexit.