Will English lose weight in Europe after Brexit?

Yes, because the UK was the only member state to have chosen English as its official EU language.
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No, because it is still official in Ireland and Malta, and they will veto any attempt to withdraw its official status in the EU.
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Yes, because the number of native English speakers in the EU will be drastically reduced.
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No, because the US is still the cultural hegemon and English an international language, especially among youngsters.
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I am totally agree with Karen Massin... (update) English is very popular. Most of us learn (and are still learning) English from... everywhere. Even if UK is going out, the English language will stay! Especially because the all members should agree to "the removal" of English and I heard that there are two of them who will not accept this. In the other point of view, most of them are speaking English instead of French. :) English should stay and it will stay! This is my opinion and my feeling too.
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In my view English will continue to be at the forefront of communication even after the UK leaves the EU. So no ,English will not use its weight in Europe after Brexit. From the list of possible answers No, because the US is still the cultural hegemon and English an international language, especially among youngsters covers most aspects although No, because it is still official in Ireland and Malta, and they will veto any attempt to withdraw its official status in the EU is also possible. It is necessary that all Twenty-seven Member States unanimously decide to withdraw that status of official language which it’s hard to see, especially in the sort-run,. It is true that the UK was the only member state to have chosen English as its official EU language, and even if Jean-Claude Juncker, the then president of the European Commission, said in 2017 before the French election that "Slowly, but surely, English is losing importance in Europe” that was really meant more as a tension breaker and a little dig at the UK after the 2016 referendum which had a result that most people did not expect. The UK leaving the EU is viewed by a lot a people as a betrayal so it is logic that replacing / reducing the use of the English language would be considered, with French and German being the strongest contenders. English is one of the three working languages of the Community Executive, along with French and German and the most popular. At first French had a strong position (even Boris Johnson, current UK PM, when he was a newspaper correspondent used French when asking his questions) but Over the years English has become the universal language in the EU . In 1995 when Sweden and Finland Joined the Eu French lost important ground and then when in 2004 the Eastern European Countries joined, English gained a considerable advantage. Even if only 2 nations officially speak English (Malta and Ireland) which represent approximately 15 of the population English is the second language of choice. The number of native English speakers in the EU will not be drastically reduced. Yes there will be a number of secretaries, diplomats, auxiliary personnel that will leave once the UK leaves the EU but this is not going to make any difference. The brits that have already settled in Europe will remain in Europe. According to Karen Massin – CEO of Burson-Marsteller a prestigious public affairs and integrated communications agency in Belgium 55% of people in Europe can speak/understand English and 90% of children learn English as a second language in school. This is massive and shifting this would require a significant culture change, even though Francophonie will continue to grow in time. It is important, especially in the European Parliament that people are able to express their views/ideas in a way that inspires confidence. A language that most people understand is a great asset and at the moment English is that language. Analyst Paul Butcher, of the European Policy Centre, says that English "is here to stay" From an economic point of view , The US who is the main driver of business , Brazil , China and most of the big economies use English as a first language in trade , and at the moment English is the language of diplomacy . English is also used by artists /singers from different countries to express their form of art in order to touch as many people as possible So as Paul Butcher said English "is here to stay"
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First of all Great Britain is not the reason English is so popular in Europe, the USA is ! , they promoted the English language by means of their popular movies and the INTERNET'S official language is English! You need to promote your language outside the country , English is easy to learn compared to French or any other language spoken in Europe!
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In my oppinion I think that even if some government officials from the EU will choose to speak in their mother languages, English is an international language and it cannot lose weight as it is already well implemented and a lot of people speak it.
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I think that the third video and the link show us that english will still be an important part of the European Union. We have to take into consideration that the whole process of speakiang English in European Union started in 1973, as we read in the article, and according to this fact not only the 28 commisioner members will have to learn to speak a different languange but also all population of the member states will have to make this change. Now, imagine that you are a citizen of a country that has her own language, it has english as a second language (this is the result of more then 4 decades of using english as an international language) and you have to learn a third language, and you ask yourself: why? Because french president wants to? It may be good for his countrie this expension of the language but it's not usefull to you, because the english will still be an international language and because everything that surrounds you, like internet, movies, or music (fourth video) is in english. In conclusion, even if a few important people want this change to happen, even if they convice all the states to make this change, in order to make this change happen they have to force the people to make this change, and from my experience people don't react well if they are forced to do something.
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English is and will always be an international language, even though UK will leave the EU that's not going the change the importance of this language in the world. The Brexit is an event that might change the power of EU and UK in the world, but regarding the language we can totally agree that English was the language that created bonds and associations between countries. As Karren Massin– CEO of Burson-Marsteller said in the interview, lot of things changed in the political life after the entrance of Finland, Sweden, Romania and Hungary in EU, French was used as the language of communication but the arrival of these countries in which the French language was not accessible made the English language expand. She also mentioned that 'English become the language of the diplomacy'. The number of native speakers of EU will not be reduced, people that are already settled in the EU and are native speakers are not going to leave just because their country is no longer part of the EU. UK is not the only country that influence the importance of English in the world, USA is also a reason why this language has expanded, the trade and the communication with this powerful country made the diplomats learn and express the needs of the countries they represents in English, so their demands can be understand. As a person that uses French at work everyday I can say that this language will never take the place of English in the world as first international language, young people are more attracted by English because this language is more common in communication than French. English is the first language learned in many schools in EU, followed by French and German, but the fact that everything is more accessible in English than the other two languages makes the learning of English easier. The Brexit will not change the fact that English is the most utilized language in the world.
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No, it won't lose weight in Europe after Brexit because English is an international language, which is spoken by a lot of people from the Europe and not only. Also, U.S has an important role here, we talk in English more because of the United Stated, not because of Great Britain. Winning the cold war by the U.S has contributed to the spread of English language. The new technology of communication: computer and the internet had also a great significance. In the first video, Italy said ''English is loosing slowly but surely importance in Europe''. I disagree this statement because if we take into account that in Ireland and Malta, English is still used, we shouldn't start denying this language just because UK is leaving E.U. We don't renounce at a international language just because a country where this language is spoken at a national level is leaving E.U. It's not fair. If some people think that French will revive after Brexit, this is just a false imagination. First of all, English is global, 51 % people in Europe are able to speak in English, kids also learn English as their first or second option. More, 14 countries in Europe have English as their first language or second language (according to the data provided by Karen Massin). Even if at first French was the preponderant language, three institutions had French as their basic language(Luxembourg, Strasbourg and Brussels), after the integration of other member stated started, for example in 1995 when Sweden and Finland join the E.U, those institutions had to start making a shift from French to English because those new members couldn't understand what was happening there. The big shift started only in 2004 when the eastern countries joined Europe (Poland and Hungary and Romania received the political confirmation of the conclusion of accession negotiations to the E.U) and it wasn't possible to have French as a common language so everything was switched to English. In addition, China, Brazil and other great powers of the world will continue to use English language. Furthermore, interactions between countries and people will be done in English, which will remain the LANGUAGE OF DIPLOMACY. I think that the power of French language will increase but English will remain the largest language, at least for 100 years from now. And even if a period from now French will be a little bit highlighted, some institutions will embrace French, the song AC/DC - Back in black, makes me think at the fact that English will be anyway Back in Black. ''I've been too long I'm glad to be back/ Yes, I'm let loose/ From the noose/ That's kept me hanging about/ I've been looking at the sky/ 'Cause it's gettin' me high/ Forget the hearse 'cause I never die/ I got nine lives/ Cat's eyes/ Abusin' every one of them and running wild''
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English will remain our international language even if UK is leaving the EU. We don't speak in English just because of the Great Britain, US have also a major importance. A lot of people are speaking american English, the computers have their settings in English, mobile phones, applications are in English. For most of people English is a second language, used everywhere and I dont't think that it will lose weight due to the fact that UK is leaving EU. Also, in Ireland and Malta, English is still used so which would be the reason for changing the international transition language? I strongly believe that everything that is happening now comes as a punishment for UK because is leaving the EU. The CEO of BURSON-MARSTELLER BRUSSELS, Karen Massin is also saying that almost half of the population of Europe is speaking English and fourteen countries have English as their first or second language. The French language will be used and promoted from now on but it won't never replace English. Even if it will be done a restructuring of the institutions in Europe and people will start working in French language, I don't think that it will last too much. English has a powerful base and it won't be easy to erase it. More, I don't think that all the commissioners know how to speak French language very well so they can express easy in this language, it will be hard even for them to make this change. My conclusion is that English will remain the most used language even if the UK won't be a member of EU.
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There's no substitute for English language, no way,no how! English can became a kind of neutral language called European English (thinking of American English, British English). Taking into account the following criteria: Communicating with others, Participation in the economy, Acquiring knowledge and access to the media, IT, Possibility to travel, Involvement in diplomatic relations, English is the most widely used language at the moment and will probably remain so.
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English was not chosen as the official language of the EU when Great Britain joined the Community. Why should the situation change due to Brexit? I do believe that English will remain the official language of the EU and its importance won’t be diminished just because the UK has decided to leave. It is well known that back in time, during the British Empire, the colonies were forced to speak English. Did the decline of the Empire reduce English’s influence? Not at all. Moreover, the US continued to flourish becoming a global economic power and globalization has spread the English language all over the world. Thanks to the economic development across the world, English belongs not only to the native speakers but also to all the people who speak it. Around the world are almost 380 million English native speakers and over 700 non-native English speakers (https://www.grin.com/document/140542). In most countries in Europe, English is thought in schools as a second language and children start learning it since they are in kindergarten. The Internet has helped the rapid development of the language and social media contributed to its expansion. The majority of scientific papers written around the world are in English. Nowadays, the academic documents published in English have outnumbered the publications issued in the country’s official language (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/08/english-universal-language-science-research/400919/). Going back to the question, most of the EU’s members have English as their second language (except Malta and Ireland), so I consider being fair to all the parties if the communications will take place in English, not French or German. Nonetheless, as it was mentioned in one of the videos listed above, English is the language of diplomacy. This is another reason why the official language of the EU won’t change anytime soon. If it does, then the relationships with other states will may suffer. Let’s not forget that even Macron spoke English when he visited Trump, the president of the US. Realistically speaking, it is highly unlikely that English will vanish from the European Union. English has become a global language due to the US and its culture (music and culture play an important role as well). There are some lyrics from AC/DC ( Back in Black) that got me thinking. “Forget the hearse, 'cause I'll never die / I got nine lives, cat's eyes / Abusing every one of them and running wild” can be interpreted in different ways, but I have an idea that’s linked to our question: not only that the English language will survive Brexit and it will still be used by the EU’s members, but also that the UK can cut the ties and still manage to be a powerful non-EU country. It should be taken into account the development of the English language at a global scale (the political and socioeconomic status) and Andy Hamilton said that “ once Latin was everyone’s second language, it was no longer anyone’s first”(https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/27/brexit-end-english-official-eu-language-uk-brussels). Even if the EU decides to change the official language of the community, English is lingua franca and it cannot be replaced in a day, a month or a year. This process will take time, even decades, and it requires a huge investment. Therefore, I believe that English won't lose weight in Europe after Brexit.
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