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EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES
*On the 23rd June, 2016 a referendum was held in the UK to ascertain whether or not they wished to remain in the European Union.
The UK voted to leave 52% to 48%.
On the 29th March, 2017, the UK Prime Minister, Mrs. Theresa May, triggered Article 50 which marked the start of two years of negotiations prior to Britain's exit which should be before 29th March, 2019.
31st January, 2020 - UK finally leave the European Union although there will be a transition period to enable trade deals and finer details to be worked out. This should be done by the end of 2020 but time will tell!
On the 1st January, 2007 Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union increasing the number of member states to 27 and then on the 1st July, 2013 Croatia was added to the list making 28 countries in total.
The original 15 countries were:-
Austria - Belgium - Denmark - Finland - France - Germany - Greece Ireland - Italy - Luxembourg - Netherlands - Portugal - Spain - Sweden - United Kingdom*
Joined by 10 others on the 1st May, 2004.
2 additions on 1st January, 2007.
Bulgaria and Romania
Latest addition on 1st July, 2013
31st January, 2020 - UK leave the European Union although there will be a transition period to work out trade deals etc. This should be done by the end of 2020 but time will tell!
There are now 27 countries currently in the union.
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