On 10 April 2019, EU heads of state and government and the British Prime Minister agreed that the UK will remain in the European Union by 31 October 2019. If the British Parliament succeeds earlier in approving a withdrawal agreement, the UK may be able to leave the EU sooner. As a result, the UK`s disorganised withdrawal from the EU did not take place on 12 April 2019. On 15 November 2018, the day after the agreement and the support of the British government were presented, several members of the government resigned, including Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for leaving the European Union.  The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and is now in an 11-month transition period. The Conservative and Unionist Party, the party of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, won a comfortable majority in the British general election on 12 December 2019. Boris Johnson won his approval in the British Parliament on 20 December 2019. The UK left the EU with a withdrawal agreement on 31 January 2020. The withdrawal agreement provides for a transitional period until 31 December 2020, during which no changes are made that could affect customs procedures. This is the third time the British Parliament has rejected the agreement.
Britain has until 12 April 2019 to decide how to proceed: the transition period will not be extended. The United Kingdom has stated that it does not want an extension. The option of an extension was included in the withdrawal agreement. The UK and the EU have had until 1 July 2020 to agree on a possible extension. The new relationship between the EU and the UK begins, provided an agreement has been reached, approved by the EU Member States, the European Parliament and the British Parliament. Negotiations for a free trade agreement began in March 2020. As a result, the UK would leave the EU on the effective date of a withdrawal agreement, which is expected to be concluded no later than two years after notification of the withdrawal request, i.e. 30 March 2019, unless the European Council, in agreement with the United Kingdom, unanimously decided to extend the deadline (which required the agreement of all Member States). The extension was granted on 26 March 2019 at the request of British Prime Minister Theresa May.