ENGLISH IN THE EU: WHY IT MAY BE SIDELINED AS AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE — Oxford Today
|September 19, 2016||Posted by olivia under books, arts & culture, work||
When the British referendum result became clear, the left-wing MEP and French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon tweeted: ‘L’anglais ne peut plus être la troisième langue de travail du parlement européen’ [‘English cannot be the third working language of the European Parliament’].
So what effect will Brexit have on the place of the English language in the EU? Might British people now become adept in other languages – or are we increasingly at risk of becoming linguistically isolated?