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EU Vote Is Cast (03:11)


Laura Kuenssberg describes how Sunderland's vote on the EU referendum will influence the rest of the country. David Cameron resigned after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union. This program will explore why so few people predicted the outcome and potential ramifications. (Credits)

History of the EU Referendum (04:42)

In 2013, Cameron announced there would be a referendum to vote on whether to stay or leave after the government completed its negotiations with the European Union. After winning the 2015 election, Cameron felt obligated to keep his word. Mathew Elliot and Dominic Cummings established the "Vote Leave" movement; Will Straw began a pro-EU campaign called "Stronger In."

Referendum Announced (05:04)

Cameron visited countries to establish a relationship with the EU. Although he was successful on tighter rules regarding EU workers claiming benefits, the EU refused to restrict the number of workers coming to Great Britain. Five members of the prime minister's cabinet joined "Vote Leave." Michael Gove and Boris Johnson announced their endorsement of the campaign.

Campaigns Begin (03:39)

The Sun wrote an article claiming the Queen backed Brexit; Nick Clegg alleges Gove leaked the information to the newspaper. Cameron began to lead the "Stronger In" campaign and drive home the potential economic ramifications of leaving the EU.

"Vote Leave" Camp (03:46)

The group released released advertisements saying that Britain sent £350 million each week to Brussels; Oliver disputes the number. President Barack Obama, Matt Carney, and Christine Lagarde gave speeches endorsing "Stronger In."

Campaign Doubts (04:57)

Experts describe how workers grew suspicious of politicians and large corporations. Will Straw describes how difficult it was to work with the leader of the labor party, Jeremy Corbyn.

"Stronger In" (04:25)

"Vote Leave" chose the color red for their buses. A report claimed there were three times as many immigrants arriving in Britain than the government targeted. Johnson and Gove declared they want to leave the EU so they can implement a point system that weighs the merits of a potential immigrant.

Public Opinion Changes (04:22)

Voters decide that immigration and national identity are more important than prosperity. The "Vote Leave" campaign starts circulating rumors about Turkey joining the EU. Cameron calls a press conference to denounce the campaign.

Worries over the EU Vote (03:59)

Anna Soubry explains that "Stronger In" failed because it refused to discuss immigration policy; Corbyn started making appearances to advocate for the campaign. Eight days before the referendum, the chancellor announces tax increases and spending cuts will happen if Britain leaves the EU.

Seven Days to the Referendum (02:56)

Nigel Farage discusses why he supports the controversial poster "Breaking Point" and his beliefs about immigration. Jo Cox, a member of Parliament who advocated "Stronger In," dies after being shot and stabbed multiple times; campaigns were suspended out of deference.

Four Days to the Referendum (03:23)

"Stronger In" and "Vote Leave" campaigns begin again. Pundits expect the country will vote to stay in the EU. Members of Parliament and politicians discuss when they knew that "Vote Leave" would win.

Britain Votes to Leave the EU (06:09)

Farage gives a victory speech at the "Vote Leave" headquarters. Cameron resigned, Johnson and Gove refused the position, and Teresa May accepted the position. Politicians and members of Parliament discuss the repercussions of leaving the EU.

Credits: Brexit: The Battle for Britain (00:31)

Credits: Brexit: The Battle for Britain

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On June 23, 2016, Britain was hit by a political earthquake. Within hours of the EU referendum result, the prime minister had resigned, the pound was falling and Westminster was reeling. So how and why did this political revolution happen—and how does it stand to reshape Britain's politics? The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg tells the inside story of how Britain voted to leave the European Union. Talking to the politicians and the people who ran the campaigns that would reshape Britain's place in the world, she unpacks how the British Prime Minister David Cameron’s referendum plan backfired, what went wrong for the Remain side and how it was outmaneuvered and overtaken by those wanting to leave the EU.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL138585

ISBN: 978-1-64198-044-9

Copyright date: ©2016

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