Brexit

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The European Union (EU) referendum, took place on the 23rd June 2016 in the United Kingdom to gauge support for the UK to either remain a member of, or leave the EU.

Divide between Map of the United Kingdom and the European UnionThe question posed was “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

The non-binding referendum resulted in 51.9% voting leave (17,410,742) and 48% voting remain (16,141,241), with a national turnout of 72.2%.

The following graphs show the percentage per region who voted leave in order – West Midlands had the highest percentage of voting leave at 62.5% and London had the lowest percentage of voting leave at 38%

EU Referendum Votes by region of the United Kingdon for leaveThe following graphs show the percentage per region who voted remainin order – London had the highest percentage of voting leave at 62% and West Midlands had the lowest percentage of voting leave at 37.5%

EU Referendum Votes by region of the United Kingdon for remainTo start the process of leaving the EU “Brexit”, which is expected to take a number of years, the UK will need to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union. On the 1st October 2016 Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the UK said at the conservative party conference that “voters had given their verdict with emphatic clarity”, May later added “It is up to the government not to question, quibble or backslide on what we have been instructed to do, but to get on with the job.”

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On the Andrew Marr show on the 2nd October Theresa May added that Article 50 would be invoked by “the first quarter of 2017”, which marks the start of the two year exit process.

Theresa May
Theresa May

On the 20th March, Theresa May informed EU Council President Donald Tusk that she would trigger Article 50 in the 29th March 2017. A Downing Street spokesman confirmed this with the following statement, “Earlier on this morning the UK’s permanent representative in the EU informed the office of Donald Tusk, that it’s the UK’s intention to trigger Article 50 on March 29.”

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Donald Tusk

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