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'Brex-what?' Episode 2: Why did Cameron call the referendum?

FRANCE 24

Our series 'Brex-what?' talks you through the complex questions surrounding Brexit. In the second episode, we look at the political pressures and risky gambles that led to the fateful 2016 referendum.

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Do you feel lost when it comes to Brexit? Not caught up with the latest twists and turns? Luckily FRANCE 24 is on hand to help. Our series 'Brex-what?' breaks down the complexities about Brexit, issue by issue. From the troubled history between the UK and Europe, to the infamous Irish backstop, to the chances of there being a second referendum, we resume all the thorny questions in two-minute segments.

Given the chaos and divisions that have ensued, why did then UK prime minister David Cameron call the referendum in the first place? Episode 2 of our series trace back the political pressures at play in Britain, civil war in the Tory party and the rise of UKIP.
 
'Brex-what?' is presented by FRANCE 24 Senior Reporter Catherine Norris Trent, produced and edited by Valérie Fouace, with illustrations by Adel Gastel.
 
 
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