The 2016 British Referendum on European Membership..
United Kingdom European Union Membership Referendum
Thursday, 23rd June 2016
The 1975 referendum on leaving the EU saw 67.23% voting to STAY IN the European Community
The 2016 referendum on leaving the EU saw 48.1% voting to STAY IN the European Community
A massive change after 40 years
The question in this referendum is:
Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?
Estimates at 2:30 pm UK time 23rd June 2016
Estimates at 5:00 am UK time 24th June 2016
Voting is between 7:00 am until 10:00 pm UK time.
46,499,537 Registered Voters
48.1% – Remain a member of the European Union (16,141,241)
51.9% – Leave the European Union (17,410,742)
After 100% votes counted
This worked out at:
37.4% of the Eligible Electorate Voted Leave
34.7% of the Eligible Electorate Voted Remain
and a comparison to the last European Community Membership Referendum in the UK:
The 1975 British Referendum on European Membership
United Kingdom European Community (Common Market) Membership Referendum
Thursday, 5th June 1975
The question in this referendum was:
Do you think the United Kingdom should stay in the European Community (the Common Market)?
The results were:
64.62% (25,903,194) of the 40,084,594 registered voters actually voted.
67.23% of those (17,378,581) voted to STAY IN the European Community
32.77% of those (8,470,073) voted to LEAVE the European Community
The Common Market
The United Kingdom joined the European Economic Community [EEC] also called “The Common Market” in 1973.
1957: The European Economic Community was created consisting of six member states – Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, West Germany and the Netherlands.
1963: UK Membership application was rejected
1967: UK Membership application was rejected
1973: Britain, Ireland and Denmark joined on the 1st January 1973.
1981: Greece joined on the 1st January 1981.
1986: Spain and Portugal joined on the 1st January 1986.
1995: Austria, Finland and Sweden joined.
2004: Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia joined on 1st May 2004.
2007: Bulgaria and Romania joined on the 1st January 2007.
2007: Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey were listed as candidate countries.
European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA), of which the UK was one of the initial SEVEN member countries, now consists of just FOUR remaining countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. This could increase to FIVE if the UK rejoined.
1960 Austria joined in 1960 and left in 1995 to join the EEC
1960 Denmark joined in 1960 and left in 1973 to join the EEC
1960 Norway joined in 1960
1960 Portugal joined in 1960 and left in 1986 to join the EEC
1960 Sweden joined in 1960 and left in 1995 to join the EEC
1960 Switzerland joined in 1960
1960 United Kingdom joined in 1960 and left in 1973 to join the EEC
1970 Iceland joined in 1970
1986 Finland joined in 1986 and left in 1995 to join the EEC
1991 Liechtenstein joined in 1991
The Future of the EU
Brexit… Swexit… Grexit.. ? Exits by Britain, Sweden, Greece…
What would an Exit by France be called? Fraxit or Frexit?
A survey in March 2016 showed that 53% of the French would like a referendum on the French membership of the EU.
A similar survey in Germany showed only 17% of Germans in favour of leaving the EU.
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