On 29th March British Prime Minister Theresa May signed the document informing the European Council of Britain's intention to leave the European Union. This means that the UK should officially leave the EU no later than April 2019. Once the EU27 have formally agreed a response, the European commission is expected to quickly present more detailed draft directives and recommend the opening of the exit negotiations.
The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy has been working in cooperation with COBCOE on the COBCOE's Brexit Project, designed to collect and present the voice of European business to the negotiating parties. As part of this Project, a series of common points have been distilled from our business roundtables, and we have formulated a questionnaire to complement our qualitative data with wider quantitative research.
UK Referendum 23 June 2016
A Referendum was held on Thursday 23 June 2016, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union.
Leave won by 52% to 48%.
The referendum turnout was 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting. It was the highest turnout in a UK-wide vote since the 1992 general election.
This page presents relevant information and comment in respect of the Referendum.
A message from Jill Morris, Her Majesty’s Ambassador - Issue No.4
22 December 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May’s message to UK nationals living in Europe
"From the very beginning of the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union I have been consistently clear that protecting the rights of both EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU was my first priority. I know that the referendum result has caused considerable anxiety for many of you and your families."
19 December 2017
PM's open letter to EU citizens in the UK
“I’m proud that more than 3 million EU citizens have made their homes in the UK. I know our country would be poorer if you left and I want you to stay.”
11 December 2017
A message from Jill Morris, Her Majesty’s Ambassador - Issue No.3
20 November 2017
David Davis' closing remarks after EU exit negotiations on 9-10 November
Statement in Brussels by the Secretary of State.
10 November 2017
"Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU"
by Alex Hunt & Brian Wheeler, BBC News
26 October 2017