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  • The European Union in 60 seconds.

  • In 1973, people dressed like this:

  • Slade ruled the charts

  • and Newsround was only 1 year old.

  • And that's when the UK joined what is now known as the European Union or EU.

  • It's a club of 28 countries from around Europe who work together.

  • This is its symbol. It's got its own parliament, its own anthem,

  • and its own money, the euro, used by most of its members, but not the UK.

  • Countries joined the EU because they think it will help bring Europe closer together.

  • But now British prime minister David Cameron has promised

  • to hold a vote on whether or not the UK should stay in or leave the EU.

  • Supporters of the EU think the UK is stronger as part of it.

  • That's because we buy and sell lots of things with European countries.

  • People who want to leave the EU say it forces too many rules on Britain.

  • They say leaving will give British people more control over issues like immigration.

  • It will be up to adults around the UK to decide what's best when they vote this summer.

The European Union in 60 seconds.

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    Lillian Chiu posted on 2016/07/01
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