Brexit | The UK referendum and the vote to leave the EU

In a referendum held on 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Britain’s exit from the EU (widely referred to as ‘Brexit’) will have profound economic and political implications for countries and businesses around the world. Read more

Brexit is fraught with uncertainties, particularly for multinational companies needing to move talent across borders. No nation state has ever before left the EU, so there is no precedent to follow.

Will the UK negotiate a deal to remain within the single market, which allows the free movement of goods, services, money and people across EU member states? What will happen to UK citizens working in the EU, and to EU citizens working in the UK, if it does not? Will there be changes to the UK’s policy on immigration from the rest of the world? How will international assignments, global relocations, and the mobility industry be affected?

Britain’s EU exit, though it will bring challenges for businesses, will also bring opportunities. This section provides up-to-the-minute news and expert comment on Brexit, plus practical advice and resources on all aspects of global mobility and relocation, to help you support your employees and keep your organisation on track for success. Topics include Brexit’s implications for the mobility industry, business, enterprise and inward investment, commercial and residential property, and education, both UK and international.

For detailed coverage of individual topics, see our Commercial Property, Residential Property, Corporate Finance, Enterprise, Immigration, International Assignments, Mobility Industry, and Education & Schools sections. For details of organisations in the global mobility industry that provide international assignment and relocation services, see our Directory . Keep informed by subscribing to our newsletters and other publications. Read less

Latest Brexit News

London banks skyline

London banks gear up post-Brexit plans to move abroad

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will leave the Single Market once Brexit takes place, several London banks are firming up plans to relocate staff overseas.

Latest Brexit Features

UK visa immigration

CBI launches plan for ‘sensible’ post-Brexit migration

The UK’s foremost business group has set out its priorities for achieving a “sensible” immigration programme that would enable companies to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.
Tony Abbott, former PM of Australia

Ex-PM backs Commonwealth trade deals and relaxed visas

Tony Abbott, the Australian former PM, and other conservative analysts are calling for a Commonwealth focus to post-Brexit trade deals.
The Brexit dividend

The Brexit dividend – a boost for global cities?

The advantages of attracting companies in the wake of the Brexit decision are clear. David Sapsted looks at some key locations bidding for a piece of the action as well as the views of business leaders and politicians.

The UK referendum vote for Brexit – comment and analysis

The UK has voted to leave the EU. Here we look at the implications of that decision for the global mobility industry.

Brexit and global mobility

Brexit is a reality – a new era for global mobility?

Fiona Murchie, managing editor of Relocate Global reflects on the implications for global mobility and relocation.
China-UK trade

China ‘ready to open trade talks with UK’ after Brexit vote

China is prepared to begin trade negotiations with the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote in last month's referendum on European Union membership, according to press reports.
Houses of Parliament, London

Labour demands ‘right to remain’ for EU citizens in UK

An opposition motion calling on the government to “commit today that EU nationals currently living in the UK shall have the right to remain” following the Brexit referendum vote has won overwhelming backing in the House of Commons.

Immigration – the consequences of the vote for Brexit

UK visa immigration

CBI launches plan for ‘sensible’ post-Brexit migration

The UK’s foremost business group has set out its priorities for achieving a “sensible” immigration programme that would enable companies to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.

Brexit – the political and economic background

UK visa immigration

CBI launches plan for ‘sensible’ post-Brexit migration

The UK’s foremost business group has set out its priorities for achieving a “sensible” immigration programme that would enable companies to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.

Mobility Industry – the implications of the vote for Brexit

London banks skyline

London banks gear up post-Brexit plans to move abroad

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will leave the Single Market once Brexit takes place, several London banks are firming up plans to relocate staff overseas.

Commercial and Residential Property

UK house building

UK housebuilding proving ‘key engine of growth’

Output in the UK’s construction sector increased at its fastest rate for ten months during December, according to a new report.
London property

London prime property prices ‘to stall until 2019’

The latest report from Savills shows that prime property prices in central London will not return to growth until 2019.
London property market following Brexit

UK property market recovering from ‘referendum wobble’

The latest report from Rightmove shows the UK property market has recovered following a dip immediately after the Brexit vote in June.

Brexit and the implications for UK and International Education

UK visa immigration

CBI launches plan for ‘sensible’ post-Brexit migration

The UK’s foremost business group has set out its priorities for achieving a “sensible” immigration programme that would enable companies to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.

Latest Brexit News

Latest Brexit Features

UK visa immigration

CBI launches plan for ‘sensible’ post-Brexit migration

The UK’s foremost business group has set out its priorities for achieving a “sensible” immigration programme that would enable companies to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.
The Brexit dividend

The Brexit dividend – a boost for global cities?

The advantages of attracting companies in the wake of the Brexit decision are clear. David Sapsted looks at some key locations bidding for a piece of the action as well as the views of business leaders and politicians.
CBI president discusses business in a changing world

CBI president champions business in a changing world

Opening the CBI’s 2016 Annual Conference, president Paul Drechsler set out his vision of business as a powerful force for good. Relocate’s managing editor, Fiona Murchie, was in the audience.

The UK referendum vote for Brexit – comment and analysis

The UK has voted to leave the EU. Here we look at the implications of that decision for the global mobility industry.

Brexit and global mobility

Brexit is a reality – a new era for global mobility?

Fiona Murchie, managing editor of Relocate Global reflects on the implications for global mobility and relocation.
China-UK trade

China ‘ready to open trade talks with UK’ after Brexit vote

China is prepared to begin trade negotiations with the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote in last month's referendum on European Union membership, according to press reports.
Houses of Parliament, London

Labour demands ‘right to remain’ for EU citizens in UK

An opposition motion calling on the government to “commit today that EU nationals currently living in the UK shall have the right to remain” following the Brexit referendum vote has won overwhelming backing in the House of Commons.

Immigration – the consequences of the vote for Brexit

UK visa immigration

CBI launches plan for ‘sensible’ post-Brexit migration

The UK’s foremost business group has set out its priorities for achieving a “sensible” immigration programme that would enable companies to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.

Brexit – the political and economic background

UK visa immigration

CBI launches plan for ‘sensible’ post-Brexit migration

The UK’s foremost business group has set out its priorities for achieving a “sensible” immigration programme that would enable companies to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.

Mobility Industry – the implications of the vote for Brexit

Commercial and Residential Property

London property

London prime property prices ‘to stall until 2019’

The latest report from Savills shows that prime property prices in central London will not return to growth until 2019.
London property market following Brexit

UK property market recovering from ‘referendum wobble’

The latest report from Rightmove shows the UK property market has recovered following a dip immediately after the Brexit vote in June.
Property market in prime central London

Cautious optimism and activity increase for London property market

There has been an increase in landlords' flexibility and autumn activity, according to Knight Frank's Prime Central London Sales and Letting indices for August.

Brexit and the implications for UK and International Education

UK visa immigration

CBI launches plan for ‘sensible’ post-Brexit migration

The UK’s foremost business group has set out its priorities for achieving a “sensible” immigration programme that would enable companies to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.

Latest Brexit News

London banks skyline

London banks gear up post-Brexit plans to move abroad

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will leave the Single Market once Brexit takes place, several London banks are firming up plans to relocate staff overseas.

Latest Brexit Features

UK visa immigration

CBI launches plan for ‘sensible’ post-Brexit migration

The UK’s foremost business group has set out its priorities for achieving a “sensible” immigration programme that would enable companies to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.
Tony Abbott, former PM of Australia

Ex-PM backs Commonwealth trade deals and relaxed visas

Tony Abbott, the Australian former PM, and other conservative analysts are calling for a Commonwealth focus to post-Brexit trade deals.
The Brexit dividend

The Brexit dividend – a boost for global cities?

The advantages of attracting companies in the wake of the Brexit decision are clear. David Sapsted looks at some key locations bidding for a piece of the action as well as the views of business leaders and politicians.

The UK referendum vote for Brexit – comment and analysis

The UK has voted to leave the EU. Here we look at the implications of that decision for the global mobility industry.

Brexit and global mobility

Brexit is a reality – a new era for global mobility?

Fiona Murchie, managing editor of Relocate Global reflects on the implications for global mobility and relocation.
China-UK trade

China ‘ready to open trade talks with UK’ after Brexit vote

China is prepared to begin trade negotiations with the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote in last month's referendum on European Union membership, according to press reports.
Houses of Parliament, London

Labour demands ‘right to remain’ for EU citizens in UK

An opposition motion calling on the government to “commit today that EU nationals currently living in the UK shall have the right to remain” following the Brexit referendum vote has won overwhelming backing in the House of Commons.

Immigration – the consequences of the vote for Brexit

UK visa immigration

CBI launches plan for ‘sensible’ post-Brexit migration

The UK’s foremost business group has set out its priorities for achieving a “sensible” immigration programme that would enable companies to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.

Brexit – the political and economic background

UK visa immigration

CBI launches plan for ‘sensible’ post-Brexit migration

The UK’s foremost business group has set out its priorities for achieving a “sensible” immigration programme that would enable companies to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.

Mobility Industry – the implications of the vote for Brexit

Commercial and Residential Property

UK house building

UK housebuilding proving ‘key engine of growth’

Output in the UK’s construction sector increased at its fastest rate for ten months during December, according to a new report.
London property

London prime property prices ‘to stall until 2019’

The latest report from Savills shows that prime property prices in central London will not return to growth until 2019.
London property market following Brexit

UK property market recovering from ‘referendum wobble’

The latest report from Rightmove shows the UK property market has recovered following a dip immediately after the Brexit vote in June.

Brexit and the implications for UK and International Education

UK visa immigration

CBI launches plan for ‘sensible’ post-Brexit migration

The UK’s foremost business group has set out its priorities for achieving a “sensible” immigration programme that would enable companies to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.
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