Brexit: A fact file

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The words that will be in the glossary have an asterisk*

Brexit: Theresa May warned dozens of Tories* could rebel over no deal - BBC News

Save the UK and EU from a hard Brexit disaster - The Independent

Conservatives should give way to new leader for next phase - The Guardian

What Is Brexit?

To start off with, we are going to discuss what Brexit* actually is.

By now most people will be familiar with the term Brexit, but they may not know what it actually means. It really means: British Exit. On the twenty-third of June 2016, Britain voted to leave the EU* ( the European Union ). The European Union is a group of countries, that have made an agreement to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services and capital. The prime minister called for a referendum*, which meant the people of the United Kingdom could participate in a fair vote to decide what was best for the country. The vote was extremely close and it resulted in 51.9% of the votes for leave, and 48.1% for stay. This was not the outcome the prime minister* expected.

The Conservative Party

In 2016 at the time of the referendum, David Cameron was the prime minister and the leader of The Conservative Party. As he did not agree with the decision of the people of the United Kingdom had made to leave the EU, he did not feel that he could lead the negotiations involved in leaving the EU and therefore, resigned*. The conservative party had to find a new leader immediately, and members of the party voted for Theresa May - who is our current prime minister. It is important to note that, Theresa May was elected by members of parliament from the Conservative Party only to begin with. However, other MPs and the public were unhappy about this, and eventually a general election took place to decide if Theresa May and the Conservative Party were to remain and lead the United Kingdom in their negotiations to leave the EU.

Positives Of Remaining

If the UK were to remain in the EU, many people would have thought this would have been better as we already have guaranteed trade deal. With Brexit fast approaching, we need to strike a deal with the EU fast, otherwise a no deal Brexit may be the result on the twenty-ninth of March 2019.

Negatives Of Remaining

A reason many people decided they wanted to leave the EU was due to the fact that they wanted Britain to have more independence. However, it is uncertain as to whether we will actually have a trade deal or partnership agreement with the EU.

No Deal Brexit

You may have heard the term 'no deal Brexit' before never actually knew what it means. If we were to end up having a no deal Brexit, we would leave the EU on the twenty-ninth of March 2019 with no agreements about deals in the future, this causes an uncertain outlook on people who are working in the UK, and also people trying to export* goods and services to England as no deal has been struck as to how these goods and services will be delivered to us. Moreover, it is unknown as to how many jobs are at risk if a no deal Brexit were to happen. Many MPs have voiced their concerns on having a no deal Brexit as the future could be uncertain. Over two-hundred members of parliment signed a petition* to rule out a no deal Brexit as the consequenses may be.

Recent News Stories About Brexit- The BBC News and The Independent

Questions and answers:

Irish government and Brexit:

Delay warnings:

Second referendum:


The Voting

In 2016 the whole of the United Kingdom voted on whether we should stay in the EU, or leave it. The positives of leaving the EU were only promises that the government were making. On the opposing hand, staying in the EU had definite promises. So, you would think that the majority would vote on staying. For the fact that, we would have multiple different trade partners; however, the people voted on leaving because of the promises that were too good. And here we are now. About to leave the EU in March. What will happen? Will the UK have support during hardships or major issues? Will we be a part of something or will we be independant?

Questions We Have For You

  • How will different peoples' lives change because of Brexit?
  • Because of Brexit, will young people get taught more about it in the future?
  • Do you think that there will be a second referendum?
  • If so, how will it help?


Tories- a member of the Conservative Party.

Brexit-the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

EU-a political and economic union of twenty-eight member countries that are located in Europe.

referendum-a general vote on a single political question.

prime minister-the head of an elected government and country.

resigned-having accepted something unpleasant; stepping down.

export-sending goods to another country for sale.

petition-a formal written request, normally one signed by many people supporting the request.

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