n Farmer’s Weekly - Brexit - should we be worried? : global farming

Volume 2016, Issue 16028
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



When UK Prime Minister David Cameron promised a referendum about continued membership of the EU, he clearly did not expect that a majority of British voters would vote to leave the union. But the people have spoken. Brexit will not happen overnight, though, as EU legislation provides for a two-year exit period. The EU developed out of the European Economic Community (EEC), founded in 1958 by France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.These countries realised that they could not rebuild their infrastructure and feed themselves after the Second World Warin isolation. The EEC removed trade restrictions, including tariffs. Over the years, other countries, including the UK, joined the group and the EEC became the EU.

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