Here are some of the key moments from the day that shaped the course of the UK’s Brexit negotiations.
Brexit deal talks: What’s next?
Article 10.00.01: Theresa May signs off on a deal that could bring the UK out of the EU in 2019.
The deal, which she has said is the best she can manage for the economy and public services, will allow Britain to stay in the single market and customs union for four years.
May’s deal was the most controversial and controversial in the negotiations, with opposition parties demanding a deal which would see Britain retain access to the single markets, the customs union and the single currency.
This is the agreement that will end the two-year period that began on November 20, 2020, with May signing the final document in Brussels on Friday afternoon.
10.10.01 Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks with reporters outside Downing Street.
Barnier, who is leading negotiations with the EU on a new trade deal, says he will not accept the UK remaining in the EU single market or customs union unless there is progress on the issue of Britain’s departure from the single European market.
“We will be ready to sign a new deal with the UK if there is a very clear and detailed commitment that this new deal is going to deliver a very positive result for the British people,” he said.
8.45.01 A day after Theresa May made a surprise declaration on the EU’s divorce bill, the prime minister will make her case for the new deal to a packed press conference in Downing Street, as she looks to win over sceptical Tory MPs.
7.50.01 Barnier, the European Commission’s chief negotiator, will deliver a detailed assessment of the British offer.
He will tell May that the Brexit deal is “a clear, positive and realistic one” that “will deliver for the UK a positive outcome for the long-term and for the future”, the EU said in a statement.
6.50: The UK and the EU have agreed on the new terms of Brexit talks, including the terms of a divorce bill and a transition period.
5.20: The prime minister has said that she has agreed with EU negotiators on the divorce bill which will be “a good deal for all sides”.
5:30: The Brexit deal, the most complicated and complex ever reached, will see the UK leave the EU with a transition agreement that means it will not have to leave the single trading blocs customs union, single market, currency union and internal market for at least four years after Brexit.
2:45: The prime minister and her team are due to deliver their Florence declaration at 8.30am.
4:30am: Ahead of a meeting of the 1922 committee, May is set to say that she is satisfied with the new agreement, but has not yet made any commitments about the transition period, saying it is too early to say.
3:30pm: Brexit secretary David Davis is expected to announce that he will resign from the Brexit department.
1:30.45pm: The European Commission has formally requested that the UK government provide the commission with “information about the negotiations that are currently in progress”.
1.40pm: Theresa the Queen will meet her two children in her home in Windsor Castle for the final time.
She has not spoken publicly about the day, but was spotted leaving the palace on Wednesday morning.
12:30 – A special cabinet meeting has been convened by May’s chief of staff Nick Timothy to discuss the government’s Brexit strategy.
11:40am: The chancellor Philip Hammond will outline the government plan for a “fresh start” for the country on Wednesday, telling the House of Commons he is prepared to negotiate “as soon as is practical”.
9am: EU leaders will meet on Wednesday in Brussels to discuss a “new and improved” trade agreement, according to the statement.
9:15am: Theresa’s Brexit negotiator, Michel Barny, is due to address the House later on Wednesday.
A spokesman for the prime minster said the meeting was not scheduled to take place on Wednesday night, but instead would be held “in the morning”.
8am: It has been more than six weeks since Theresa May declared the start of Brexit negotiations, but the UK is still not yet in a position to leave.
More to come.