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A historic event occurred this year that affected the whole world, which was the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, called Brexit.

 

The United Kingdom was an original member of the EU when it was formed in 1993. In 2012, British Prime Minister David Cameron rejected having a referendum on the issue, but in 2013 announced that if re-elected, he would hold a referendum by 2017. Cameron himself supported remaining in the EU. The term Brexit means “Britain’s Exit.”

The Conservative Party was re-elected in 2015, and soon afterwards Cameron announced that the referendum would take place on June 23. Queen Elizabeth II did not give an opinion to this. On June 24, the results were in after a hotly contested referendum. In the end, 51% of voters voted to leave the EU, while 48% voted to remain. The most popular search term on the internet from the UK at the time was interestingly “What is the European Union?” Scotland threatened to revoke the UK’s referendum, but no action has been taken so far. David Cameron announced his resignation before October shortly after the referendum. There were afterwards calls for a second referendum, but Theresa May, the leading candidate to replace Cameron as Prime Minister, rejected another referendum. There were many economic and political consequences to this.

Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union gives an example to other countries. It is a very divisive issue. What is your opinion on the EU and the UK’s withdrawal from it?

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