Schüler berichten: Brexit – the EU Referendum

The UK has made its decision on the 23rd June to leave the EU by 52% (17,410,742) to 48% (16,141,241).

Most votes for the Leave campaign came from England, though not only. The majority of Northern Ireland and Scotland voted Remain.

Several months after David Cameron, Conservative party candidate, has been re-elected as Prime Minister he has already announced that he will resign by September. This is a result of the referendum; the United Kingdom is to leave the EU. In his statement following the referendum results, he insisted that he cannot be “the captain that steers our country to the next destination”. He was able to combat UKIP at earlier elections, promising to hold a referendum. At first Scotland, now the EU. Mr Cameron has staked his political power on the referendum and lost. Furthermore, the referendum has re-sparked the Scottish independence referendum and the resignation of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn because of his mild-lukewarm views on Brexit. As well as that, Spain has requested joint control for Gibraltar and Sinn Fein wishes to see a united Ireland.

The UK has not yet left the EU, but the next PM is to enact Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, allowing “any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements”.

Thomas Gnativ, Gym 9a