Why is Brexit called Brexit

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What does "Brexit" mean?

This word is used to describe the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (mostly abbreviated as UK for "United Kingdom") from the EU. The word is made up of "Britain" (in German: Britannien) and "exit" (in German: Weggang, Fortgang). As of February 1, 2020, the United Kingdom no longer belongs to the EU.

The road to Brexit

In 2016, the British voted in a referendum with a narrow majority for their country to leave the EU. After much argument over how such an exit could be designed, the UK left the EU on January 31, 2020. It is the first time that a member state has left the EU

What's next between the EU and the UK?

At the end of 2020, the UK and EU signed a treaty stating how future relations between the EU and the UK would be shaped. The contract contains, among other things, important regulations for business and trade. One of the rules says that EU residents can no longer simply work in the UK. You need a work permit for this.

Changes in the EU Parliament

Up until Brexit, the United Kingdom had 73 members in the European Parliament. What happened to these vacant MPs? 30 seats were distributed to other countries: France and Spain were able to send five new members to the EU Parliament, Italy and the Netherlands three each, Ireland two and other countries one member. The remaining 43 seats will not be filled for the time being.

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