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Page by: J Parker

Facts about how Brexit came about and the procedure that followed.

This story shows just how far individuals and companies will go for their own good.

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1957, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and West Germany signed the Treaty of Rome, creating the European Economic Community, start of the European Union - EU.

1973 - the UK and Ireland joined the European Union.

2002 - the Euro currency starts being used by most EU countries. The UK keeps their own currency, the UK Pound.

2004, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia joined the EU, leading to mass migration throughout Europe.

2011 - the Syrian Civil War breaks out leading to mass migration from that area to Europe, and a number of terror attacks throughout Europe.

2013 Jan - UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would hold an in or out referendum on EU membership before the end of 2017, on a renegotiated package.

2016 Feb - Cameron announced the referendum date on 23rd June 2016, confident his renegotiated package was enough to secure a remain vote.

Leave campaigners pushed - stopping freedom of travel into the UK, secure the UK borders, have UK courts in control of UK issues, and stop paying vast amounts of money into the European Union.

The remain campaign pushed - the UK would be worse off outside the EU, and used many famous people around the UK, and world, to get their message across.

The leave campaign had writing on their large red bus stating - We Send the EU £350 million a week - let's fund our NHS instead - Vote Leave - lets take back control.

The remain campaign claimed they could not use all the £350 million per week for the NHS.

The leave campaign claimed they would use some of the £350 million per week, but could not state how much.

Sky News, BBC, and ITV ridiculed anyone that stated the vote to leave the EU could win.

2016 April 22nd - the US president Barrack Obama stated Brexit would leave the UK at the back of the queue on trade with the US.

2016 June 24th - UK people woke to the news they would be leaving the EU with 51.9% of the vote - 48.1% had voted to remain.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage claimed Obama helped secure the Brexit vote by trying to scare the UK people into how to vote.

David Cameron announced on the same day he would resign.

2016 June - Gina Miller challenge the authority of the British Government to start the withdrawal procedure from the EU, starting a long and costly legal battle.

2016 July 11th - Theresa May becomes the new leader of the Conservative Party.

2016 Nov 8th - Donald Trump becomes the president of the United States, claiming the UK would be one of the first countries he wanted to deal with.

This time leads to a number of people beginning campaigns to stop Brexit, or to use Brexit for their own personal gain, these included Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond of the Scottish National Party, Nic Clegg and Tim Farron of the Liberal Democrats, and the business woman Gina Miller born in Guiana.

Media companies such as Sky News, BBC, and ITV looked like they were trying everything they could to stop Brexit.

The SNP stated they wanted a separate deal so Scotland could remain in the Single Market. They claimed banks and services in London could then move to Scotland for better access to the Single Market.

Some Liberals were accused of plotting with top EU officials on ways to stop Brexit.

2017 Jan 17th - Theresa May delivers her speech on Brexit stating the UK would be leaving the Single Market, and stop the vast payments to the EU.

2017 Jan 24th - the Supreme Court found in favour of Gina Miller by stating there had to be a vote in parliament before they could start the process to leave the EU.

2017 Jan 25th - Theresa May informs Parliament she will provide a white paper on her plans for Brexit and call for a vote in the following days.

2017 Jan 26th - Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stated he supported the peoples vote to leave and would try to force Labour MP's to vote for starting the exit procedure from the EU.

2017 Jan 27th - Theresa May visits the US for talks with President Trump, the first foreign leader to do so.

2017 Feb 1st - MPs vote 498 to 114 in favour of beginning Brexit.

2017 March 1st - the Lords vote to amend the Brexit bill, they want to guarantee EU workers right to remain in the UK.

2017 13 March - MPs vote in favour of not amending the Brexit bill, Lords are forced to agree, allowing the process to go ahead.

2017 March 28th - SNP secure a majority vote in the Scottish Parliament to state they want a second independence referendum. Theresa May states there will not be another referendum until after Brexit is finalized.

2017 March 29th - the UK starts the process of Brexit by sending a formal document to the EU.

2017 April 19th - Theresa May calls for a General Election to be held on 8th June 2017.

May states Labour, Liberals and the Scottish Nationalist Party were going to try and prevent the UK from getting a good deal with the EU involving trade and stopping freedom of movement, so was forced to call for an election.

J Parker

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