The UK formally announced its intention to withdraw from the EU on 29 March, signalling the start of lengthy negotiations between the UK and the EU to determine the terms of their new relationship. The European Parliament will play a key role in determining the outcome. If there is no deal and there is no agreement on extending the deadline, then the UK automatically leaves the EU after the two-year period.
On 17 January MEPs will elect a successor to current president Martin Schulz, who is stepping down and will then go on to decide on who will be vice-presidents and quaestors. The candidates, presented in order of the size of the political group they represent, are: A. Tajani, G. Pittella, H. Stevens, G. Verhofstadt, E. Forenza, J. Lambert, P. Pedicini, L. Rebega