UK Voted OUT
On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom held a referendum on whether to remain part of the European Union (EU) or to leave. The votes have now all been counted and the decision is to LEAVE the EU.
The UK joined the EU on 1 January 1973, over 40 years ago, when it was known as the "Common Market". As the EU, it became one of the largest trading blocks in the world. A referendum on whether or not to remain in the Common Market was held in 1975 and at that time, the vote was "to remain". The current referendum is only the third to be held in the whole of the UK in recent times, the previous common market referendum being the first. (Other referenda have been held in some parts of the UK separately.)
The UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron has said that he will step down as Prime Minister within the next 3 months, so there will shortly be a new Prime Minister, whose job it will be to take the UK out of the EU.
Scotland and Northern Ireland
The United Kingdom is made up of 4 areas, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Of these 4 areas, Northern Ireland and Scotland voted to remain within the EU. Scotland may now hold an independence referendum to see whether they should leave the UK and become an independent country within the EU. Some politicians in Northern Ireland have suggested that a "Border referendum" should be held to see whether Northern Ireland should join with Ireland, to remain within the EU.
Interesting Times Ahead
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