After World War 2, the European Union formed in an effort to create a stable economic and political partnership between European countries.
Since the EU’s creation, it has evolved into an economic-political union that allows members in 28 countries to move around freely, goods to trade more easily and for common rules to be set in a formal process.
Although many Europeans feel the EU provides clear benefits to participating members, not everyone agrees. In fact, recent polls show that the United Kingdom’s citizens are pretty evenly split on whether or not being a member of the EU is in their best interest.
Some, like UK’s Independence Party and the Conservative Members of Parliament, feel that the UK would be better off on its own. In the last week, the idea of exiting the EU has gained so much attention the term “Brexit” is currently trending — coined from a combination of the words “Britain” and “exit”.
And since the British public has not had a say in the matter since 1975, it seems only fair that Prime Minister David Cameron grant the British public the opportunity to make that decision on their own.
This Thursday, June 23, a referendum is being held to decide whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the EU or leave the EU.
Any British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over the age of 18 and who are residents in the UK, as well as some UK nationals living abroad, will be able to vote either “yes” or “no” to the question: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?
Vote counting will begin after the polls close at 22:00 GMT Thursday. All votes will be tallied up, and the side with the majority of votes will win.
Read more about UK’s EU referendum from BBC here.
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