20 Facts About The UK

1. The UK will need to reach agreements with other nations around the world.

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2. The UK will be able to strike its own trade deals—although they won't be able to come into force until 1 January 2021.

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3. The UK has strong economic, cultural, military and political influence and is a nuclear power.

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4. The UK has one of the most advanced military in the world, alongside such countries such as the USA and France, and operates a large army, a sizable navy (Royal Navy) and air force (Royal Air Force).

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5. The UK had a dominating empire named the British Empire.

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6. The UK is on track to be the largest nation in Europe by the second half of this century.

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7. The UK is expected to officially leave the EU by the end of March 2019.

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8. The UK has an extensive trade relationship with other EU members through its single market membership, and economic observers have warned the exit will jeopardize its position as the central location for European financial services.

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9. The UK hosted the first F1 Grand Prix in 1950 at Silverstone, the current location of the British Grand Prix held each year in July.

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10. The UK has proved successful in the international sporting arena in rowing.

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11. The UK is home to world-renowned symphonic orchestras and choruses such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Chorus.

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12. The UK applied temporary restrictions to citizens of Romania and Bulgaria, which joined the EU in January 2007.

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13. The UK has the oldest Chinese community in Europe, dating to the arrival of Chinese seamen in the 19th century.

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14. The UK is home to a number of large energy companies, including two of the six oil and gas "supermajors"—BP and Royal Dutch Shell.

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15. The UK retains a significant, though much reduced fishing industry.

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16. The UK is a major centre for engine manufacturing: in 2015 around 2.4 million engines were produced.

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17. The UK is closely linked with the Republic of Ireland; the two countries share a Common Travel Area and co-operate through the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference and the British-Irish Council.

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18. The UK remains a full member of the EU during this time.

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19. The UK is still a key global player diplomatically and militarily.

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20. The UK remains a great power, with considerable economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence internationally.

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