Brexit and West Cheshire
On 23 June 2016 a majority of people within the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union following a nationwide referendum. Nationally 51.9 per cent of voters opted to leave the EU, and 48.9 per cent voted to remain.
As a result of this vote and subsequent extension agreements, the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union at 11pm on Thursday 31 October 2019.
In Cheshire West and Chester, the result was 50.7 per cent voting to leave, and 49.3 per cent voting to remain, with 193,537 votes cost across the borough.
Information for residents and businesses
This decision to leave the European Union will impact upon a number of industries in the borough, and will also affect residents across west Cheshire. Cheshire West and Chester Council is keen to be proactive in addressing the potential impact of Brexit.
On these pages residents and businesses will find information on the steps that you can make over the coming weeks ahead of exit day. You will also find information on the work that the Council has been doing to prepare for Brexit.
Latest news on Brexit and the Brexit process
The UK had been due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, having started the exit process by invoking Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty. However, the Withdrawal Agreement reached between the UK and the EU was rejected three times by UK Members of Parliament.
Having granted an initial extension of the Article 50 withdrawal process until 12 April 2019, EU leaders have since backed a further six-month extension until 31 October 2019 - but if a new Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by the UK and the EU before then, the UK is able to leave before this date.
Keep up-to-date with the latest Brexit news
The Government publishes guidance on Brexit.