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The UK’s EU referendum: All you need to know

Prime Minister David Cameron (Photo Reuters) 

This article is designed to be an easy-to-understand guide now that the UK has voted to leave the European Union.

What has happened?

A referendum – a vote in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age can take part – was held on Thursday 23 June, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union.

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Leave won by 52% to 48%.

The referendum turnout was 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting. It was the highest turnout in a UK-wide vote since the 1992 general election.

Find the result in your area

What was the breakdown across the UK?

What is the European Union?

What does Brexit mean?

What happens now?

What happens to UK citizens working in the EU?

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU?

What about EU nationals who want to work in the UK?

Will I still be able to use my passport?

Some say we could still remain in the single market – but what is a single market?

Has any other member state ever left the EU?

What does this mean for Scotland?

What does it mean for Northern Ireland?

What will happen to the Conservative leadership?

How will pensions, savings, investments and mortgages be affected?

Will duty-free sales on Europe journeys return?

Will our EHIC cards still be valid?

Will cars need new number plates?

Could MPs block an EU exit?

Will leaving the EU mean we don’t have to abide by the European Court of Human Rights?

Will the UK be able to rejoin the EU in the future?

Who wanted the UK to leave the EU?

What were their reasons for wanting the UK to leave?

Who wanted the UK to stay in the EU?

What were their reasons for wanting the UK to leave?

Who wanted the UK to stay in the EU?

What were their reasons for wanting the UK to stay?
What about businesses?

Who led the rival sides in the campaign?
Will the EU still use English?

Will a Brexit harm product safety?

Which MPs were for staying and which for leaving?

How much does the UK contribute to the EU and how much do we get in return?

If I retire to Spain or another EU country will my healthcare costs still be covered?

What will happen to protected species?

How much money will the UK save through changes to migrant child benefits and welfare payments?

Will we be barred from the Eurovision Song Contest?

What impact will there be on house prices?

What is the ‘red tape’ that opponents of the EU complain about?

Will Britain be party to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership?

What impact will leaving the EU have on the NHS?


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