The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of member states that are located primarily in Europe. It was founded in 1948 in the aftermath of World War Two to promote stability and economic cooperation between member states.
With the abolition of border controls between EU countries, people can travel freely throughout most of the continent making it much easier to live and work abroad in Europe.
The single or 'internal' market is the EU's main economic engine, enabling most goods, services, money and people to move freely.
Full details of EU member states, how the EU works and EU law can be found at europa.eu.
The UK joined the European Community in 1973 and in 1975 Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson had a referendum on Britain’s membership and 66% of the electorate voted to stay in the European Community.
On 23 June 2016 the UK voted to exit the European Union. This exit process is commonly known as Brexit.
Following a transition period the free movement of people and goods & services between the UK and the EU came to an end on 1st January 2021,
Full details are available at MAG page BREXIT.
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