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On June 24th, 2016, the results of a UK referendum were announced. The referendum asked just one question: Should the UK remain in the EU or leave the EU? By a very small margin (51.89% to 48.11%), people voted in favour of leaving the EU. No one ever expected that almost three years later, they would be still trying to negotiate a deal. After the vote, which was not legally binding, the government had to notify the European Council of their intentions; this is called ‘triggering Article 50’ of the Treaty on European Union.
On March 29th, 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50. This started a countdown clock to the deadline. It’s approaching quickly – March 29 at 11:00 pm, GMT – to be exact. May has requested and been given a short extension to the deadline. This moves the deadline to no later than June 30.
Over the past few weeks, there have been two unsuccessful votes in Parliament on May’s proposed deals. Then, in an historic event on March 25, Parliament seized power from May and took over control of the process.
At this point, there are a few possible outcomes: the UK leaves the EU with no deal (which would be bad for all parties). The UK could decide to revoke Article 50 without the consent of the EU. This would cancel the Brexit process. This has been called ‘highly unlikely’. The UK could simply have a second vote. Many people would love to have a second vote. They feel betrayed because none of the promises made before the first vote have been fulfilled. A petition to revoke Article 50 received so much response that the Parliament website crashed. Petitions only get considered for debate once they reach at least 100,000 signatures. This petition has over 700,000!
The only thing that we can say with confidence at this point is that now, more than ever, Britons need to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’.
binding = contraignant
to trigger = déclencher
countdown = compte à rebours
over = (ici) pendant
deal = un accord
to cancel = annuler
betrayed = trahi
to fulfil = remplir
to crash = planter