7 countries that could join the EU after Brexit

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The UK is due to leave the European Union in fewer than 500 days-time, but which countries could be joining the union?

1. Albania

As one of five European countries on the official list of candidates, Albania is one country that could join the EU in the near future. Home to almost three million people, this country has been an official ascension candidate for over three years, but it still has a long way to go before it meets the standards expected of a member state. Official negotiation talks are yet to start.

2. Macedonia

Situated in the Balkans near Albania, the Republic of Macedonia has been an independent state since its declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Its population has stagnated at around two million over the last decade and a half, and is currently led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia.

Interestingly, the country’s candidacy’s motto is “The Sun too, is a star” referencing the sun in the country’s national flag and the stars on the EU's. The country has a long way to go to become a full member of the European Union as official negotiations have yet to start even though it is an official candidate state.

3. Montenegro

Situated in the same region as Albania and Macedonia, this beautiful country is currently in the negotiations stage with the EU although it still has a long way to go to become a full member.

The seaside state's president is currently Filip Vujanovic of the Socialist Party. The country votes for a new president in April next year.

4. Serbia

This official candidate country has entered official negotiations with the EU. However, according to the BBC, it looks unlikely that Serbia will become a member state this decade.

5. Turkey

Turkey is the last official candidate country to be mentioned, and is currently in the negotiations stage with the European Union. Reuters recently reported that Turkey’s PM called the EU “confused” as a result of Britain’s vote to leave the EU and that the union should think about Turkey’s place in the pan-national body’s future.

6. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia is a potential candidate country meaning that it has a long way to go to even become a candidate country. This complex Balkan country, which has three presidents – one for each ethnic group – has to face many obstacles before it can become a candidate state.

For Bosnia and Herzegovina, the road to the EU will be a long one.

7. Kosovo

While Kosovo is not even a fully recognised state (Serbia does not acknowledge it and neither do over eighty other states), Kosovo is, according to the European Commission’s website, a potential candidate country.

The biggest obstacle to Kosovo becoming a fully-fledged European state is its lack of recognition by official candidate country Serbia, as well as Spain.

The UK is leaving the EU, but it looks unlikely that Kosovo, and even most of the official candidates, will be taking its place any time soon.