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Monday, July 11, 2016

English Will Be The Language Of Europe Even With Brexit

English Is and Will be the Lingua Franca of Europe in Spite of Brexit

Andrew Linn | July 11, 2016

After Brexit, there are various things that some in the EU hope to see and hear less in the future. One is Nigel Farage. Another is the English language.
In the early hours of June 24, as the referendum outcome was becoming clear, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, left-wing MEP and French presidential candidate, tweeted that “English cannot be the third working language of the European parliament.”
[...] The preponderance of English has nothing to do with the influence of Britain or even Britain’s membership of the EU. Historically, the expansion of the British empire, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, and the emergence of the US as a world power have embedded English in the language repertoire of speakers across the globe.

"Percentage of adults in EU27 who speak the languages below as a native or learned language." Source:

<more at; related articles and links; (Language knowledge in EU27) and (Days after Brexit, the EU is already trying to get rid of English)>

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