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The term 'Brexit' refers to the impending withdrawal of the UK from the European Union on 29 March 2019 following a referendum in 2016, in which 51.9 per cent of voters voted in support of a withdrawal. In this course, you will learn about the timetable for withdrawal and how agreement can be reached on the UK's future relationship with Europe, and you will study issues such as free trade and movement, and the so-called "divorce bill" and "Irish backstop".
In November 2018, the European Commission and UK negotiators reached an agreement on the 'Withdrawal Agreement' and on an outline of the political declaration on the future EU-UK relationship. Provisions included: the rights of EU and UK citizens, a "transition period", the movement of goods, financial obligations and the so-called "backstop" or the issue of a hard border on the island of Ireland.
You will learn more about this Agreement and the timeline of events leading up to it. In March 2019, British Prime Minister Theresa May travelled to Brussels to renegotiate the Brexit deal, following the British parliament's rejection of the deal earlier in January. However, the British Prime Minister’s gambit to renegotiate the treaty, sets the UK on a collision course with the rest of the EU, which has insisted it is not going to re-negotiate the agreement.
In addition, you will learn about the development of the European Union and Britain's relationship with it, and study the Brexit campaign and learn how party politics and the media influenced it. Learn how Britain's decision not to hold referenda on key issues such as the Maastricht Treaty and the Single European Act, lead to the rise of Eurosceptic support and new political parties, such as the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).
This course will be of great interest to all learners who would like to learn more about Brexit, what lead to the UK leaving the EU and the future relationship between the UK and the EU.
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After completing this course you will be able to:
- Explain the origins and main features of Brexit.
- Outline the main provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement.
- Define important terms such as 'backstop' and 'hard brexit'.
- Summarise some of the latest developments in the process.
- Describe the development of the European Union and Britain's relationship with it.
- Explain the role of party politics in the referendum campaigns.
- Recognise the contribution of the media in the referendum campaigns.
- Summarise the referendum results by country and territory.
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