ESL – Brexit Part 1

12 January

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be looking at Brexit with you.  I will try to explain it in a comprehensive and clear way without expressing any personal comment.  Albeit not easy goals to achieve, I will do my best.

Brexit Part 1

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What is Brexit?

The ” Brexit ” is an abbreviation of “British Exit”, meaning the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

On 23 June 2016, in a referendum organised by former Prime Minister David Cameron, 51.9% of Britons chose to leave the EU. Following the launch of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union on 29 March 2017 , the United Kingdom and the 27 other EU Member States have two years to prepare for the effective exit of the country. Until March 29, 2019, the country remains a member of the European Union.

Appointed in July 2016 and re-elected in June 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May is leading discussions on her country’s exit from a team of negotiators representing the European Union.

Why Brexit?

During his campaign to run for a second term as prime minister,  David Cameron  promised to hold a referendum  on whether or not to keep the UK  in the European Union by 2017 at the latest . Promise held after a European Council devoted to the issue in February 2016: the head of government announced that the referendum would be held on  June 23, 2016 .

With  51.9%  of the vote, the “Leave” camp won on polling day. The participation was above 72%, a record for the country. David Cameron, who had campaigned for the country’s retention in the European Union, chose to resign a few days after the result. He was replaced by former Home Secretary  Theresa May .

The United Kingdom is therefore preparing to leave the European Union – a process that must end in March 2019, after two years of complex negotiations between the country and the 27 other member states.

In Part 2, in a few days time, we will be looking at the steps being taken.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Gordon

 

 

 

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