Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU

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The UK is due to leave the European Union (EU) at 23:00 GMT on 31 October 2019. For those not following every twist and turn, this guide covers the basics.

- What is Brexit?

Brexit - British exit - refers to the UK leaving the EU

The rise of the word Brexit 

What is the European Union?

The EU is an economic and political union involving 28 European countries. It allows free trade and free movement of people to live and work in whichever country they choose.
The UK joined in 1973. If the UK leaves as planned on 31 October, it would be the first member state to withdraw from the EU.

Why is the UK leaving?

A public vote - or referendum - was held to decide whether the UK should leave or remain.
Leave won by 52% to 48% - 17.4 million people voted for Brexit. 

EU referendum result 

Why hasn't Brexit happened yet?

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What is Theresa May's withdrawal agreement ?


Why did Parliament reject the Brexit deal?

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Why is the Irish border blocking Brexit ? 

Could the UK leave with no deal?

What is a no-deal Brexit ? 

What are the customs union and the single market?

What is the UK doing to det ready for a no-deal Brexit ? 

What happens next with Brexit?

What happens next ? 

Can MPs stop a no-deal Brexit ? 

What about an early election?

How will a no-deal Brexit affect me?

Believes a no-deal Brexit would cause a UK recession ? 

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