Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU
As the UK officially notifies the European Union that it is leaving, here is an easy-to-understand guide to Brexit - beginning with the basics. What does Brexit mean? It is a word that has become used as a shorthand way of saying the UK leaving the EU - merging the words Britain and exit to get Brexit, in a same way as a possible Greek exit from the euro was dubbed Grexit in the past. Why is Britain leaving the European Union? A referendum - a vote in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age can take part - was held on Thursday 23 June, 2016, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%. Find the result in your area What was the breakdown across the UK? England voted for Brexit, by 53.4% to 46.6%. What changed in government after the referendum? Image copyright PA Britain got a new Prime Minister - Theresa May. How has the new PM done so far? What about the economy, so far? What is the European Union? What is Article 50? Yes. Yes.
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