Brexit explained: what happens when the UK leaves the EU?

  • Published on Sep 15, 2018
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    The UK is set to officially leave the EU on 29 March 2019. But what happens next?
    Economic crash? Restoring British democracy?
    From hard Brexit and hard borders, to soft Brexit or the Chequers deal - here's everything you need to know.
    Animation: Ian Watkins
    Script: Martin Williams
    Narration: Kiran Moodley
    Sound: Matthew Lucas
    Producers: Martin Williams, Kieron Bryan, Matthew Lucas

Comments • 9 185

  • EL Badry
    EL Badry Day ago


  • Philip Maximuse
    Philip Maximuse 2 days ago

    Well i guess he was right about the no deal part XD

  • Dogaru Alexandru-Stefan

    Bla... Bla... Bla... Bla

  • why i got no wins
    why i got no wins 3 days ago

    Wait if we leave EU then are we going to be safe from war and attack can someone please tell me I scared

  • Claudine Jimdar
    Claudine Jimdar 3 days ago

    Very informative. Why not ask a United States official of what they think? I guess the Chequers deal may not be the way to go, but who would want Hard Brexit? And the British cannot leave with no deal. That’s not good either. But if the British accepts the Soft Brexit, would they still be independent? I am a United State’s citizen, and I don’t know all the ins, and outs, but I am looking at the the Soft Brexit option. Only because no one wants the Tariffs to pile up, which seem crippling. Why not look at the Soft Brexit option? Well, let’s see what both sides of the Parliaments say? Could they revise the Soft Brexit option? That should be exciting enough.

  • Emily Rose
    Emily Rose 4 days ago

    Hehe now It’s in October and still what the. Fack is going on now?!

  • Joe Greenhart
    Joe Greenhart 4 days ago +2

    you have absolutely no idea wha'ts going on do you... XD first 20 seconds was enough to realise this...

  • I.A. Woien
    I.A. Woien 5 days ago

    Come together with Norway!

  • get2rog
    get2rog 5 days ago

    So many falsehoods and propaganda in this drivel. Can't blame whoever wrote the narration blame politicians on both sides of the channel and the payoff puppet media then wake the f--- up.

  • Owen Cradoc
    Owen Cradoc 6 days ago +1

    The UK is crumbling. Westminster is corrupt. Independence for Wales, Scotland and England is the future and possibly inevitable. let’s then as independent nations work together with respect and as equals. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

  • How Do
    How Do 6 days ago

    Who cares since dawn of time it said the lion is going to take a wound but rise above all rising with three of the srongest countries..patience you'll see.when it happens I'll be back too comment 😂

  • How Do
    How Do 6 days ago

    Finally! A BRITT explaining not a I'll listen 😂 Thanks.

  • stahllöwe
    stahllöwe 6 days ago

    Just stop mass immigration

  • Michael Tarver
    Michael Tarver 6 days ago

    Where does queen stand on this brexit deal? Anyone?

  • Marcus Taylor
    Marcus Taylor 7 days ago

    We won't leave, recession will hit and we will be sold the line that we need to stay in to save our economy.
    Europe is on the edge of collapse so it makes no odds, a global slowdown as the whole world has become so leveraged under massive debts can't be avoided.
    The whole thing was just an exercise in legitimately devaluing the pound in 2016 when the economy started to slow to boost imports. It worked until last year but that particular bit of stimulus has worn off now.

  • g snchz
    g snchz 7 days ago

    if the checker plan is accepted it would embarrassing for the UE

  • g snchz
    g snchz 7 days ago

    ok... so there's just one thing clear: the UK are narcissists i mean they want to leave but keeping the good stuff and just bc they are a huge nation they think they can... please... be more mature and assume the consequences

  • Luke Field
    Luke Field 7 days ago

    Oh Channel 4 News lol what propaganda nonsense.. Thank god for social media containing some real news & information the people can check & research themselves.. 2,600 thumbs DOWN wow LOL , thats what i call out of touch !

  • Andrew Frisch
    Andrew Frisch 7 days ago

    Its already 4/14/19

  • white pepper Piper Nigrum

    today discrimination is over powered to known what is the identity of britan uk and rest europe this all today over all projected as one what does britan gives and next level of work next generation what do the britan stands and runs vs threat of inflation and taxes and
    uk should come out and should leave europe union should come out and enable the work of britan instead keep on communities over power other this all biggest practice of trade and shared
    most underdevleoped
    a state itself not developed then think abut district ends
    state capital city - most of underdeveloped asian countries faces biggest threat inflation is almost figured out govt undertaken business almost failed due to outsource to private
    so keep it on mind brexit leaving europe union is the safe and should bring what to undertake and what to make slowly carry
    taxes cannot be the same as one

  • Dzikrina Saira
    Dzikrina Saira 8 days ago

    Very good explanation dude :)

  • Bruce Wayne
    Bruce Wayne 8 days ago

    They are stuck Dirty British Government!! Guilty!!! Greed! You want all the benefits without the responsibilities! I don't think sooooo..... losers!! The people are calling you out! Nazi Germany @realdonaldtrump #Vatican = Dirty 2

  • Sean Chris
    Sean Chris 8 days ago

    I have passed my EU law class last year and I have studied these topics like single market, custom union and European Court of Justice supremacy in details. UK wants to control its immigration policy by controlling the freedom of movement of people coming from European Union (EU) to UK especially from countries which joined EU in the past fifteen years. All options are tough. If there is a second referendum, there is a high chance that majority would want to be part of the EU. Hard Brexit is a disaster too. UK is losing £1 billion per week since 2016 when the Brexit issue started. From 2016 till 2019, UK economy had lost nearly £1.3 trillion due to uncertainty caused by Brexit. EU will not agree to chequers deal as it will not allow the UK to pick the best options of the Treaty of the European Union and avoid the burden like European Court of Justice supremacy. All 28 member states of the EU are too much integrated now to a point that its very tough for UK to exit as it's economy is also dependant upon being a member of EU. The more uncertainty they will cause, the more economical risk factor it will create.

  • Ian Smith
    Ian Smith 8 days ago

    The EU will collapse. Get out while the getting is good!

  • Adrien Tekian
    Adrien Tekian 9 days ago

    C’est compliqué je crois et il n’y a pas de bonnes solutions... it’s hard to take ...
    British should stay in Europe with us.
    We love you !
    Can you imagine how hard it will be for us to come to visit UK? How it will be hard to have business?
    UK should stay in Europe.
    Ukip and BJohnson and other have lied to you. EU is a good thing for all

  • Hya Cat!
    Hya Cat! 9 days ago

    COUGH COUGH COUGH!!!!! we are leaving EU now on Halloween.

  • Bianca Toivola
    Bianca Toivola 9 days ago

    No EU!😉😁🤣

  • Jonas Von Saurow
    Jonas Von Saurow 10 days ago

    immature things happen.

  • Vichaal Trishul Phagoe

    Brexit is an serious problem

  • Yash Verma
    Yash Verma 10 days ago

    Brexit is delayed to October 31st now...

  • Bernadette Whitfield
    Bernadette Whitfield 10 days ago


  • Hakeemollah Karimi (407hakkari)

    Honestly, in my opinion, there aren't really benefits to being in the EU. Europe sucks. Britain should leave. What surprises me is that Turkey wants to join the EU, despite being better than Europe in nearly every way.

  • Hakeemollah Karimi (407hakkari)

    *meanwhile in America...*

  • raven scott
    raven scott 10 days ago

    the Great Wall of Britain. awesome

  • Pirzada Samad
    Pirzada Samad 10 days ago

    watching on April 11, 2019 Uk is still part of EU, I think monopoly thinking died

  • Lucifer Morningstar
    Lucifer Morningstar 10 days ago

    People got used to the EU so much that they don't want to leave and accept EU law above their own.

  • J1NX1337
    J1NX1337 10 days ago

    Only good things that could come out of Brexit is Scottish independence, United Ireland and Welsh independence.

  • Podunk Man
    Podunk Man 10 days ago

    What will happen (if we ever have Brexit)? Nothing... completely nothing. World will not stop. This is exciting subject for those with IQ below body temperature.

  • vxenon67
    vxenon67 10 days ago


  • Ruzindana Jean -Marie
    Ruzindana Jean -Marie 11 days ago

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  • Jenny Bre1971
    Jenny Bre1971 11 days ago

    Uk should stop the payments without warning

  • PtolemyJones
    PtolemyJones 11 days ago

    Rees-Mogg probably wants the UK out of NATO too...

  • Harsimran Kohli
    Harsimran Kohli 11 days ago

    Will it ever happen..??

  • tukinha pires
    tukinha pires 11 days ago

    No matter when the leave will happens .Its already bad enough.High streets shops closing down,no staff at public places.Travelling it s already to expensive.Nhs is in crisis,bad service and no staff as some of EU and others left while ago.

  • C Carr
    C Carr 11 days ago

    Soft Brexit " the Brexit you have when your not having a Brexit".

  • Daniel Scott
    Daniel Scott 11 days ago

    This entire 11 minute video never even explains WHY Brittain wants to leave the EU. What a joke...

  • Andrew Shore
    Andrew Shore 11 days ago

    Brexit is a joke nothing has happened and now we wont leave until the 31st october complete joke. Theresa may should go

  • dai san gen
    dai san gen 11 days ago

    I'm not brits but I find this video is very biased

  • Sascha knechtruprecht77

    Ihr nervt NUR NOCH.. Klippenpisser

  • ch282
    ch282 11 days ago

    it would be so derpy if that happened

  • john boulton
    john boulton 11 days ago

    another extension EU don't want us to go the remainers don't want us to go these are the people dealing with brexit reminds me of the Mafia .the British people want to leave with no deal got it.

    PIS BIAK 11 days ago

    UK cant just have nice part of the deal.

  • Alberto Abolafio
    Alberto Abolafio 12 days ago

    What more options do u have? Dont leave? Maybe? Damn these people...

  • pcuimac
    pcuimac 12 days ago

    Just prepare for the worst case scenario. It's always the most probable.

  • Chris Bronson
    Chris Bronson 12 days ago

    No matter what happens..heathrow will still be the most fucked up airport in the world. Every time I smuggle dope from the carribean, I have to que forever.

  • Lakshay Singhal
    Lakshay Singhal 12 days ago

    What happened there at 5:03

  • Skivyaliz
    Skivyaliz 12 days ago

    EU: we want to ban memes!
    Later on april 12...
    UK: See! I pulled on ya!

  • Why Earth
    Why Earth 12 days ago

    Russia usa and europe has no power anymore.Jewish zionists control them and play them like football.

  • Chris
    Chris 13 days ago

    Pro europe

  • Kath Ev
    Kath Ev 13 days ago

    Urm... what date is today..?

  • Phillip Keane
    Phillip Keane 13 days ago

    UK: "But the foreigners are taking our jobs etc. We want borders!"
    Airbus: "OK...we will send the jobs abroad. To the foreigners. Because the customs union was beneficial to our industry. Enjoy your apples".

  • Khaleesi Drogo
    Khaleesi Drogo 13 days ago

    Let's not underestimate the power of our country.. We are the 2nd largest exporter of goods within the EU.. which means they need us more than we think

    • Khaleesi Drogo
      Khaleesi Drogo 11 days ago

      +Inter Net why not? Do you not think it's in their best interest to come up with a deal too ?

    • Inter Net
      Inter Net 11 days ago

      No they don't.

  • Ibrahim Bah
    Ibrahim Bah 13 days ago

    I still don't know why the UK want to leave the EU that they were part of the giants. They could have used their power to veto anything they don't want in the UK. If countries like Spain, Italy etc, want to leave, someone can understand because they are big EU countries and still isolated. Leaving the eu also losing half of power UK has been know for.

  • scambled egg
    scambled egg 13 days ago

    So are we still allowed youtube

  • phdd Che
    phdd Che 13 days ago

    26 personnes are rich as the half world ! and they with the 48 % who vote against , they get the mainstream , the same in France , we vote no in 2005 , but in 2008 ; they force us , changing the name " traité de Lisbonne " , eu is a scam , a kitti good for beneficiary : poland estonie roumanie etc..

  • Consequences From Your Actions

    Food shortages?? What a load of fake news

  • Preston Garvey
    Preston Garvey 13 days ago

    Do these mentally challenged retainers still not realize they lost even 2 years later?

  • Illmatic88
    Illmatic88 14 days ago +1

    How about you give the people what they voted for? You know.. like a democratic country?

    • Illmatic88
      Illmatic88 11 days ago

      +Inter Net Democracy isnt *lets keep voting until I get the result I want*.
      Please jump off a tall building.

    • Inter Net
      Inter Net 11 days ago

      Because the people were lied to. Now that they have the facts, a second vote would likely result in Remain.

  • Lar M
    Lar M 14 days ago

    EU don't want to see Britain leave. This is the truth.

  • Lar M
    Lar M 14 days ago

    What happen ? UK will be free from the Islamic State of the EU.

  • Lar M
    Lar M 14 days ago

    Leave the EU before all these illegal migrants ask you to leave Britain !

  • BlaDeZ Purp
    BlaDeZ Purp 14 days ago

    Eh I’m from the us I’m chilling

  • Batwoman
    Batwoman 14 days ago

    Well those rich fucktards who convinced us to leave are now in a mess, not knowing how to properly handle it. Easy for them to laugh in the house of commons when staying or leaving won't affect them, it will affect us, the normal working class people. We were fooled in to leaving, no one explained it properly or gave us enough time to vote. Now Britians going to be suffering. once when Britian stood alone, they took over other countries and stole things from them to make Britian great. Without the help of other countries and resources we got from them, we were nothing on our own. having the EU was a way of stopping war with different countries and finally working together. Now with leave and Britian wanting to stand alone lol, it's clear to say this mess is karma for what happened. Get ready ppl for rationing bread and butter like the good old days, we are forked if we leave

  • Oliver Phippen
    Oliver Phippen 14 days ago

    If England / breexit fail so does Europe ???

  • Jonas Royale
    Jonas Royale 14 days ago

    I'm a german and you don't know what you are doing, you idiots!

  • Frank Butcher
    Frank Butcher 15 days ago

    Channel 4 news is not fit for purpose and it’s emails and accounts should be investigated...

  • Zarnix
    Zarnix 15 days ago

    UK will never fail! We conquered more than half of the world... we will always be the best country no matter what.

    • Henry
      Henry 12 days ago

      ... and lost most of them ...

  • Anita Schwarz
    Anita Schwarz 15 days ago

    Wow! Biased, much! Actually, according to new figures, the majority of Brits want a WTO Brexit. Bring it on!

  • Larry Villacarlos
    Larry Villacarlos 15 days ago

    the brexit blow my mind, asking my self what is brexit?
    searching the Google brexit means? me, still confused..?????
    thanks for making this vedio finally they clear my mind about brexit. heheheh

  • Only The Best Highlights 4 Fortnite

    We’ve done absolutely fine with being in the EU what is the point of leaving!!!! Can we just stay, there’s no point of leaving as we’ve done so well and come so far being in the EU just stay.

  • Keith Avery
    Keith Avery 16 days ago

    Jimmy Sahheldine gotta leave #brexit

  • Don’t worry, im not a hair.

    I think Canada, America and the uk should make a union.

  • Gajah Mada
    Gajah Mada 16 days ago

    All economy will have heigth cost , cost what? political cost

  • Beccah R
    Beccah R 16 days ago

    Need a wall? Trump’s your architect

  • Rocket Child
    Rocket Child 16 days ago

    Thanks for the explainer video. It helped give me a better idea of the situation. In a less world changing way, I'm just an Aussie trying to make sense of the Brexit memes that show up on social media.

  • chrisw .p123
    chrisw .p123 16 days ago

    French apples are worth staying in the EU

  • J
    J 17 days ago

    Bye bye not happened yet
    In your face
    ha ha

  • Arawfel
    Arawfel 17 days ago

    Propaganda piece, this is full of subliminal messaging

    • J
      J 17 days ago

      In your face, hillbilly

  • RB5steve steve
    RB5steve steve 17 days ago

    Typical politicians, they don't listen to what the people who vote for them want. I didn't vote to go in the EU the first time round, but then we had a big manufacturing base here, engineering, Cole mines, steel works, pottery industry and lots more, so we could have kept our eggs in one basket instead of joining the EU and paying them stupid amounts of money which we could use better, but as we know, a certain prime minister didn't like the ordinary working man and most industry disappeared and she turned us into a service nation and using cheap labour from abroad because the employers don't want to pay descent wages to us natives. So what do we do. Come out and manage ourselves and trade world wide or stay in the EU and keep paying them stupid amounts of money, more immigrants coming here taking our jobs for lower wages and overloading our national health and benefits systems. You chose!

  • Cole Tanner
    Cole Tanner 17 days ago

    This did not explain the level of corruption going on by the SMPs and Lib Dems in a total invalidation of Brexit. The people voted to Brexit to avoid immigration rights, EU subsidies,every financial and culture changes that EU membership brought on. The corrupt government is only dropping the voting right of the UK in the EU and claiming that's Brexit and there lies the total disregard of the vote itself! It'd pretty much saying "we control the UK..Not the people"...America is seeing the same thing with immigration. The Dems are fighting to have open borders.

  • Yuno Hellsing
    Yuno Hellsing 17 days ago

    Wow....what a mess.

  • Eduard edd
    Eduard edd 17 days ago +1

    So all muslims will get out from UK ?

  • 007tom Campbell
    007tom Campbell 18 days ago

    Why keep saying no deal when we get w.t.o that is a deal with the rest of the world sounds great to me stop trying to scare the old people about no food our land has rich soil to grow the finest food without the eu capping the amount we produce people need to wipe the s### out there eyes an see the bigger picture!!!

  • mmikkone
    mmikkone 18 days ago

    So soft brexit would mean that UK would have to obey EU laws, but wouldn't have anything to say how to adjust those laws.

  • Tony Mullins
    Tony Mullins 18 days ago

    Excellent video for us Americans that don’t know what’s going on there

  • tonto sabie
    tonto sabie 18 days ago


  • Etherias Natsu Dragneel

    April 4th 2019 still nothing lol

  • Klaus Klaus
    Klaus Klaus 18 days ago

    Shame on you Britain’s! Your nobles are selling you to the pigs. You stay home, gloomy, and calculate how to pay next bill. Remember Marx and Engels ? Remember Churchill ? You are screwed!

  • Klaus Klaus
    Klaus Klaus 18 days ago

    Depends on politicians, not on people. Which means, banks. What a farce!

  • Mc Mc
    Mc Mc 18 days ago

    Why exactly Britain want to leave?
    Did EU tried to listen and make a deal on UK issues about that?
    Is here anyone smart and neutral to explain please?

    • GoldenDrag123
      GoldenDrag123 16 days ago

      Mc Mc because they were tired of getting isis terrorists dumped into their country, but its too late to fix now anyways