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The U.K. voted to leave the European Union in 2016. The European Union is a group of countries which are joined together very closely. However, in 2016 the U.K. decided to leave the group. The U.K. wants to distance itself from the group.

People in the U.K. have different ideas about how the U.K. should leave the EU. Some people want the U.K. to stay close to the EU. Some people want the U.K. to be very separate.  Other people are still trying to stop the U.K. from leaving the EU at all.

Since 2017, the U.K. and the EU have been negotiating how the U.K. will exit the EU. Negotiations have been very difficult. Both the U.K. and the EU want to have an agreement so that they are not hurt by the separation. There are many different things that they need to agree on.

Finally, the U.K. and the EU made an agreement in November 2018. Many people in the U.K. are not happy about the agreement. People have said that the agreement is not what anybody in the U.K. wanted.

Now, the U.K. Prime Minister has to convince the U.K. government that the agreement is good and that the U.K. should sign it. Many people do not think she will be able to do this.

Difficult words

Distance: To make space between two or more things.

Ideas: New thoughts.

Separate: To take things apart from each other.

Negotiating: To discuss and reach an agreement.

Agreement: For all people to think something is a good idea.

Convince: To make someone believe something is a good idea.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English: Coming Soon!

Match the Synonym!

 1. Distance A. Apart
 2. Ideas B. Discuss
 3. Separate C. Space
 4. Negotiating D. Persuade
 5. Convince E. Thoughts

True or False?

1.  The European Union voted to leave the U.K. T / F

2.   The U.K. wants to distance itself from the EU. T / F

3.  Nobody wants the U.K. to leave.  T / F

4.   The U.K. and the EU still have not made an agreement. T / F

5.  The U.K. prime minister needs to convince the U.K. government to sign the agreement. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. distance / itself / to / wants / U.K. / The

2. people / the / separate / U.K. / Some / want / very / be / to

3. have / Negotiations / difficult / been / very

4. ideas / different / in / People / have / U.K. / the

5. not / U.K. / are / Many / the / happy / people / in

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English: Coming Soon!

Convince Separation Leave
Distance Trying Wanted

The U.K. voted to __________ the European Union in 2016. The European Union is a group of countries which are joined together very closely. However, in 2016 the U.K. decided to leave the group. The U.K. wants to ___________ itself from the group.

People in the U.K. have different ideas about how the U.K. should leave the EU. Some people want the U.K. to stay close to the EU. Some people want the U.K. to be very separate.  Other people are still __________ to stop the U.K. from leaving the EU at all.

Since 2017, the U.K. and the EU have been negotiating how the U.K. will exit the EU. Negotiations have been very difficult. Both the U.K. and the EU want to have an agreement so that they are not hurt by the _______________. There are many different things that they need to agree on.

Finally, the U.K. and the EU made an agreement in November 2018. Many people in the U.K. are not happy about the agreement. People have said that the agreement is not what anybody in the U.K. ___________.

Now, the U.K. Prime Minister has to _____________ the U.K. government that the agreement is good and that the U.K. should sign it. Many people do not think she will be able to do this.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. Have you heard about Brexit before? If so, what do you know about it?
4. Have you ever been to Great Britain?
5. Have you ever been to Europe?
6. What do you know about the European Union?
7. What do you think about the benefits that are shared between countries in the EU?
8. Would you like your country to be part of a similar agreement?
9. Do you think a similar agreement would be beneficial to your country with your neighbouring countries?
10. Are the relationships between your country and the neighbouring countries good?
11. Would you like to be able to live and work visa-free in any of the countries surrounding yours?
12. What are the advantages of the EU?
13.  What are the disadvantages of the EU?
14. Do you think there should be a second Brexit vote?
15. What is the biggest political issue in your country at the moment?
16. Many people voted for Brexit for immigration reasons. Do you think this is a good reason?
17. Why do you think older people voted to leave the EU and younger people voted to remain?
18. Do young and old people have very different beliefs in your country?
19. Will Brexit affect you or your country at all?
20. Do you think the U.K. should leave or remain in the EU?