EU Referendum: All you need to know

The future of the UK depends on you!

‘What is an EU Referendum?’, you may ask.
An EU Referendum is a general vote of a political question. Not many people know what the EU is, and for those who don’t, it is just an abbreviation of The European Union. The European Union is 28 countries whose governments work together. To join, you have to agree to follow the rules and in return you get certain benefits. However, each country has to pay money to be a member. The EU uses the money to change the way people live and do business in Europe.

Today, in the UK, it is about asking the UK population whether they would like to stay in the EU or not. All British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens aged over 18 and living in the UK can vote.

UKIP (UK Independence Party) is in favour of leaving the EU, but big characters in politics, such as David Cameron are not in favour of leaving as they believe staying in the EU will be better for the UK, both financially and in terms of our National Security.

The referendum will be held on Thursday 23rd June 2016.

Here is the Scratch Interview with some of the pros and cons of staying in the EU:

Scratch video by Ben
Article by Ines

Author: Benjamin

Editor in the St Ambrose Barlow BBC School Report.

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