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

Business leaders worried over fall in UK migration

Latest figures showing a substantial fall in net migration to the UK have raised concerns among companies about the possibilities of a growing exodus of EU workers because of Brexit.

Latest Brexit Features

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Plans for Brexit are not damaging the UK’s global attractiveness as a business location or a destination for inward investment in the tech sector, according to new research. We bring you the details.
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.

Innovation research flowchart image

CIPD offers advice for firms preparing for Brexit

The CIPD is advising businesses and HR to think about the future and lay the groundwork for future workforce planning post-2019 through risk analysis, considering the recruitment proposition and ensuring capability.
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.

Immigration – the consequences of the vote for Brexit

Business leaders worried over fall in UK migration

Latest figures showing a substantial fall in net migration to the UK have raised concerns among companies about the possibilities of a growing exodus of EU workers because of Brexit.

Brexit – the political and economic background

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Plans for Brexit are not damaging the UK’s global attractiveness as a business location or a destination for inward investment in the tech sector, according to new research. We bring you the details.

Mobility Industry – the implications of the vote for Brexit

Business leaders worried over fall in UK migration

Latest figures showing a substantial fall in net migration to the UK have raised concerns among companies about the possibilities of a growing exodus of EU workers because of Brexit.

Commercial and Residential Property

Image of colourful English doors

London slows as regional house market gathers pace

There has been a dramatic fall in London and South East England house sales, while other regions are recording surges of up to 40 per cent. Is this fluctuation due to more than Brexit-related uncertainty?
home sold keyring

Outlook for UK housing market ‘remains clouded’

As the first of January’s house-price reports is published, Relocate asks some industry insiders how the UK housing market is shaping up so far this year.
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.

Brexit and the implications for UK and International Education

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Plans for Brexit are not damaging the UK’s global attractiveness as a business location or a destination for inward investment in the tech sector, according to new research. We bring you the details.

Latest Brexit News

Business leaders worried over fall in UK migration

Latest figures showing a substantial fall in net migration to the UK have raised concerns among companies about the possibilities of a growing exodus of EU workers because of Brexit.

Latest Brexit Features

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Plans for Brexit are not damaging the UK’s global attractiveness as a business location or a destination for inward investment in the tech sector, according to new research. We bring you the details.
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.

Innovation research flowchart image

CIPD offers advice for firms preparing for Brexit

The CIPD is advising businesses and HR to think about the future and lay the groundwork for future workforce planning post-2019 through risk analysis, considering the recruitment proposition and ensuring capability.
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.

Immigration – the consequences of the vote for Brexit

Business leaders worried over fall in UK migration

Latest figures showing a substantial fall in net migration to the UK have raised concerns among companies about the possibilities of a growing exodus of EU workers because of Brexit.

Brexit – the political and economic background

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Plans for Brexit are not damaging the UK’s global attractiveness as a business location or a destination for inward investment in the tech sector, according to new research. We bring you the details.

Mobility Industry – the implications of the vote for Brexit

Business leaders worried over fall in UK migration

Latest figures showing a substantial fall in net migration to the UK have raised concerns among companies about the possibilities of a growing exodus of EU workers because of Brexit.

Commercial and Residential Property

Image of colourful English doors

London slows as regional house market gathers pace

There has been a dramatic fall in London and South East England house sales, while other regions are recording surges of up to 40 per cent. Is this fluctuation due to more than Brexit-related uncertainty?
home sold keyring

Outlook for UK housing market ‘remains clouded’

As the first of January’s house-price reports is published, Relocate asks some industry insiders how the UK housing market is shaping up so far this year.
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.

Brexit and the implications for UK and International Education

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Plans for Brexit are not damaging the UK’s global attractiveness as a business location or a destination for inward investment in the tech sector, according to new research. We bring you the details.

Latest Brexit News

Business leaders worried over fall in UK migration

Latest figures showing a substantial fall in net migration to the UK have raised concerns among companies about the possibilities of a growing exodus of EU workers because of Brexit.

Latest Brexit Features

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Plans for Brexit are not damaging the UK’s global attractiveness as a business location or a destination for inward investment in the tech sector, according to new research. We bring you the details.
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.

Innovation research flowchart image

CIPD offers advice for firms preparing for Brexit

The CIPD is advising businesses and HR to think about the future and lay the groundwork for future workforce planning post-2019 through risk analysis, considering the recruitment proposition and ensuring capability.
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.

Immigration – the consequences of the vote for Brexit

Business leaders worried over fall in UK migration

Latest figures showing a substantial fall in net migration to the UK have raised concerns among companies about the possibilities of a growing exodus of EU workers because of Brexit.

Brexit – the political and economic background

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Plans for Brexit are not damaging the UK’s global attractiveness as a business location or a destination for inward investment in the tech sector, according to new research. We bring you the details.

Mobility Industry – the implications of the vote for Brexit

Business leaders worried over fall in UK migration

Latest figures showing a substantial fall in net migration to the UK have raised concerns among companies about the possibilities of a growing exodus of EU workers because of Brexit.

Commercial and Residential Property

Image of colourful English doors

London slows as regional house market gathers pace

There has been a dramatic fall in London and South East England house sales, while other regions are recording surges of up to 40 per cent. Is this fluctuation due to more than Brexit-related uncertainty?
home sold keyring

Outlook for UK housing market ‘remains clouded’

As the first of January’s house-price reports is published, Relocate asks some industry insiders how the UK housing market is shaping up so far this year.
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.

Brexit and the implications for UK and International Education

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Global tech firms ‘actively planning’ expansion into UK

Plans for Brexit are not damaging the UK’s global attractiveness as a business location or a destination for inward investment in the tech sector, according to new research. We bring you the details.
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