Even after Britain’s vote to exit the European Union, Europe still stands strong and connected in many ways. The European Union is a treaty with 28 country participants, developed to bind its members with specific laws and an internal market. The Union was originally created after the Second World War to unify Germany and France, but now it serves its main purpose to allow the free movement of people, capital, goods and services between its members.

Although Britain was one of the “more demanding members” of the European Union, Europe maintains more important ties with countries that are not even a part of the Union. The Schengen, which allows free movement across its members, includes non-European Union countries such as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, along with many more European Union countries.

Along with the Eurozone and Schengen areas, the European Economic Area and NATO countries expand European boarders beyond just the European Union. The Economic Area countries in Europe work to provide free movement of capital and labor and include European Union countries in addition to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. NATO is a military alliance between many European Union countries along with Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Malta, Sweden and Ireland, which serves to collectively defend its members.

Although the Brexit has its downsides, the UK still remains connected through NATO and the United Nations. Europe may experience some setbacks after the Brexit, but as a whole, it still has many important ties along with the support of other countries including the U.S.

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