Brexit is short for "British exit" and describes the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union (EU). A referendum was held in June 2016 on whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Leave won by nearly 52% to 48%.
The exit was due to happen on March 29, 2019, but the departure has been delayed...a few times now. Negotiations have been ongoing between the UK and other EU countries. The discussions have focused mainly on the "divorce" deal, which sets out exactly how the UK leaves and is known as the Withdrawal Agreement. MPs have voted against proposed Withdrawal Agreement terms three times. When MPs did not approve May's withdrawal deal, the PM was forced to ask other EU leaders to delay Brexit, until October 31st.
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