It’s 365 days until the UK leaves the EU, unless it doesn’t. Everything that’s already been agreed could still be un...agreed. Do we really know anything at all?
Actually, yes. There’s been some progress in talks between the UK and the EU, and to mark the official year countdown, let’s have a look at some of the key things we do actually know.
Things we know
They’re turning our passports blue.
The transition period will last from Brexit day 2019 (it’s the 29th of March) until 31 December 2018 – it's like a smoothing-over period after the UK leaves, like a break-up where you still do a lot of ‘hanging out’. During that time the UK will still maintain some of the important parts of its relationship with the EU.
EU citizens can come into the UK during the transition period as they please. They must register within three months, and if they stay for five years, they can apply for indefinite leave to remain.
Things we don’t know
Until any of this happens, nothing is actually certain. All of the above needs to be worked into a ‘fixed final withdrawal agreement’. Apart from the blue passports thing. And MPs are going to vote on the deal, which means they could technically stop it (although most people thinks it's unlikely that will happen). We don’t know who the UK will trade with, and what that will mean for British products. There’s been a lot of ‘fear-mongering’ about the quality of British food if we start importing things from the US which has less strict rules on things like farming than the EU does.