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European Union Referendum Act 2015. United Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union. British withdrawal from the European Union, often shortened to Brexit (a portmanteau of "British" or "Britain" and "exit"),[1] is a political goal that was pursued by various individuals, advocacy groups, and political parties since the United Kingdom joined the precursor of the European Union (EU) in 1973.

United Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union

Withdrawal from the European Union has been a right of EU member states since 2007 under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. In 1975, a referendum was held on the country's membership of the European Economic Community (EEC), later known as the EU. Today’s Front Pages. Anyone seeking permission to use or reproduce the front page of a newspaper featured in our Today’s Front Pages online gallery must contact the newspaper’s publisher directly.

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U.S. copyright laws apply. Belgian diplomat to head EU's Brexit taskforce. Didier Seeuws, a one-time chief of staff to former European council president Herman Van Rompuy, will lead a “Brexit taskforce” of EU negotiators.

Belgian diplomat to head EU's Brexit taskforce

A veteran Belgian diplomat with long experience of complex EU negotiations, Seeuws, 50, is described as exceptionally hard-working and combining an impressive grasp of technical detail with considerable political savvy. A keen cyclist, he is currently director of transport, telecommunications and energy at the European council but has also served as foreign affairs spokesman for the Belgian government and spokesman for former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt, who is now an MEP. Seeuws was also Belgium’s deputy ambassador to the EU and is credited with negotiating a breakthrough on the European patent system, an issue that had been deadlocked for more than 30 years. Brexit: de nombreux Britanniques demandent à être naturalisés belges.

Suivre notre direct sur mobile C’est le bourgmestre de Watermael-Boitsfort, Olivier Deleuze (Ecolo) qui nous a alerté. « J’ai reçu ce matin trois demandes de renseignements pour des demandes de naturalisation.

Brexit: de nombreux Britanniques demandent à être naturalisés belges

C’est exceptionnel. D’habitude, il n’y a aucune demande de ce type. Nous en avons enregistré une en 2013 et une en mars dernier. » Après un coup de sonde dans les communes bruxelloises et du Brabant wallon, le phénomène s’avère généralisé. Second EU referendum petition investigated for fraud. Image copyright AFP The House of Commons petitions committee is investigating allegations of fraud in connection with a petition calling for a second EU referendum.

Second EU referendum petition investigated for fraud

Its inquiry is focused on the possibility that some names could be fraudulent - 77,000 signatures have already been removed. More than 3.2 million signatures are on the petition, but PM David Cameron has said there will be no second vote. The UK voted by 52% to 48% to leave the EU in Thursday's referendum. Helen Jones, who chairs the cross-party petitions committee, said in a statement posted on Twitter that it was taking the allegations "very seriously".

French politicians seek border deal changes after Brexit vote. Calls have been made to renegotiate a border deal which keeps border checks - and many migrants - on the French side of the Channel after the UK's Brexit vote.

French politicians seek border deal changes after Brexit vote

The Touquet agreement between France and the UK has been called into question following Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Prior to the referendum, a French government minister had warned a vote for Brexit could see migrant camps being moved from Calais to Britain. The EU will treat Britain like Greece. Brussels rejects Boris Johnson 'pipe dream' over single market access. European diplomats have dismissed claims from Boris Johnson that the UK could negotiate access to the EU single market without obeying any of the rules.

Brussels rejects Boris Johnson 'pipe dream' over single market access

'My family doesn't feel safe here any more': eastern Europeans on Brexit. Since Britain voted to leave the European Union, people have been reporting incidents of racism believed to have been fuelled by the referendum result.

'My family doesn't feel safe here any more': eastern Europeans on Brexit

Eastern Europeans, in particular, seem to have been targeted, with suspected racist graffiti found at the Polish Social and Cultural Association (POSK) in Hammersmith, west London. Cambridgeshire police are investigating reports of racist laminated cards saying “Leave the EU/No More Polish vermin” being distributed in Huntingdon in the hours after Brexit was announced. The Polish embassy in London said it was deeply concerned by incidents of xenophobic abuse directed against the Polish community since Britain voted to leave the EU.

Hate crime reports surge in Britain after divisive EU referendum, police say. LONDON The number of hate crimes reported to British police online, including some assaults, has increased by more than 500 percent in the week after the country voted to leave the European Union, a senior police chief said on Thursday.

Hate crime reports surge in Britain after divisive EU referendum, police say

The number of hate crimes reported to police through its online portal - one of several ways incidents can be reported - was 331 since the vote, compared with a weekly average of 63, said Sara Thornton, chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council. The increase supports anecdotal evidence of abuse towards Muslims and Eastern Europeans following the referendum, in which concern about immigration drove many people to vote to leave the 28-country EU. "I have been shocked and disgusted at some of the cases of racial or anti-immigrant abuse that have been reported this week," Thornton said in a statement posted online. (Reporting by William James, editing by Larry) After a campaign scarred by bigotry, it’s become OK to be racist in Britain.

On chaos of the kind Britain now faces, history is clear: some people always get hurt more than others.

After a campaign scarred by bigotry, it’s become OK to be racist in Britain

Just which groups stand to suffer most this time round is already becoming worryingly clear. Europe doomed — to act. BERLIN — Now what? From Berlin to Brussels, from Madrid to Malmö, Europeans woke up Friday with more questions than answers. Does Brexit mean the European Union is doomed? Is it just a matter of time before the EU unravels amid pressures of populism, economic stagnation and infighting within the bloc?

The short answer: No. After the initial shock wears off, Brexit, like any reality check, will focus the European mind. When it wants to, Europe acts. Frexit, Nexit or Oexit? Who will be next to leave the EU. Now there has been a vote for Brexit, there are calls in other countries for people to have their say on the European Union. But, though they have inherited the pithy naming formulation – from “Frexit” and “Nexit” through to “Oexit” – the proposed referendums vary depending on what they want, what they’re motivated by, and how likely they are to happen.

Netherlands On Brexit morning, Nigel Farage suggested that the Netherlands might be the next country to quit the “dying” EU. “We may well be close, perhaps, to a Nexit,” he said. There’s a place in Italy where you can now literally walk on water. In northern Italy, right on the surface of Lake Iseo, a floating path has been built according to the design of artists Christo Yavashev and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon.

The ’Floating Piers’ installation is made from plastic cubes that allow an individual to walk without any problem across the surface of the water. The path is 5.5km long and connects a village with two islands. The effect feels like you’re taking a truly unique journey through one of the most beautiful and dramatic places in Italy. Rodriguez: For America, Brexit should serve as a potent warning sign - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Guest-columnists. By Alex Rodriguez Britain has Brexited, choosing populism over pragmatism, insularity over inclusion — and leaving the world transformed and deeply worried.

The rising tide against immigration has Trumped integration (pun intended, of course). It’s a script that Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, easily could have penned, were it not for the U.K.’s own version of nationalistic bombast and one of the standard bearers for Brexit — former London Mayor Boris Johnson. Johnson and other Brexit leaders hawked the idea of an anti-immigration, walled-off Britain, and Britons bought it. The cascading fallout has already started. Prime Minister David Cameron, who backed Britain’s continued membership in the European Union, is already a casualty — he has told Queen Elizabeth he will resign.

Soros warns of EU disintegration. Billionaire investor George Soros has warned that Britain's vote to leave the European Union makes the disintegration of the bloc "practically irreversible". However, he called for thorough reconstruction of the EU in an attempt to save it. Before Thursday's UK referendum, Mr Soros had warned of financial meltdown if Britain voted to leave.

Sadiq Khan: We must act fast to stop London jobs heading overseas. The Mayor of London has said Britain should not hold a second referendum and the Government should instead act quickly to provide business certainty and prevent jobs being moved overseas. Brexit and the City: Europe plots a bank heist. PM Tells Corbyn 'For Heaven's Sake Man, Go'

David Cameron has called on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to stand down in the national interest saying: "For heaven's sake man, go. " Pressure on Mr Corbyn continues to grow after former leader Ed Miliband said his position was "untenable" and two more members of the shadow cabinet quit. During Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Cameron waded into Labour's misery, criticising Mr Corbyn's role in the EU referendum campaign. Pat Glass He said: "It might be in my party's interest for him to sit there, it's not in the national interest and I would say, for heaven's sake man, go. " Mr Miliband said: "I am not a plotter, I am somebody who cares deeply about my country, deeply about my party, deeply about the causes that Jeremy and I care about. Brexit tragedy no longer looks like 'fait accompli': Soros.

Out of the Brexit Turmoil: Opportunity. It is easy to despair of our leaders, but Brexit has exposed Britain’s rotten core. David Cameron has had a good week. Never mind that he took a gamble with the UK’s future, lost his bet and then opted to retire from what seem likely to be protracted and unpleasant consequences; in media terms he has been able more or less to recede from view. How David Cameron blew it. I am not Robert.