The Reading / Listening - Brexit - Level 2

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May is battling to save the Brexit deal with the European Union. It is in danger after the UK Brexit secretary and other senior ministers resigned. They quit because of the "final" deal that Ms May agreed with Europe. They said it was bad for the UK and would not allow the UK to leave the EU. Ms May said her government must choose to leave the EU with no deal, risk Brexit never happening, or support her deal. She said: "We can choose to leave with no deal, we can risk no Brexit at all, or we can choose to unite and support the best deal."



Brexit means "British exit from the European Union". In 2016, 52 per cent of voters voted to leave the EU. They thought Britain would be stronger outside of the EU and wanted the UK to have more control to make future trade agreements with other countries and be free from EU laws. People who voted to stay believe the UK is stronger as part of the EU. The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019. It is still unclear if this will happen. Ms May's draft deal has further divided the country. Many people believe her government will not agree to the new deal.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Brexit - Level 0 Brexit - Level 1   or  Brexit - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46228454
  • https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/british-prime-minister-battles-to-save-brexit-deal-as-ministers-quit_us_5bed5696e4b0dbb7ea67cdcc
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brexit


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. battling to save
  2. senior ministers
  3. They said it was bad
  4. Ms May said her government
  5. risk Brexit never
  6. We can choose to leave
  7. we can choose
  8. support the best
  1. to unite
  2. must choose
  3. happening
  4. deal
  5. with no deal
  6. resigned
  7. the Brexit deal
  8. for the UK

Paragraph 2

  1. Brexit means
  2. 52 per cent of voters
  3. more control to make future
  4. The United Kingdom is due
  5. It is still unclear if
  6. May's draft deal has further
  7. Many people
  8. agree to
  1. this will happen
  2. believe her government
  3. voted to leave
  4. the new deal
  5. British exit
  6. to leave the EU
  7. trade agreements
  8. divided the country

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May (1) ___________________ save the Brexit deal with the European Union. It is (2) ___________________ the UK Brexit secretary and other senior ministers resigned. They quit because of the "final" deal that Ms May agreed with Europe. They said it (3) ___________________ the UK and would not allow the UK to leave the EU. Ms May said her government must (4) ___________________ the EU with no deal, risk Brexit never happening, or support her deal. She said: "We can choose to leave with no deal, we (5) ___________________ Brexit at all, or we can choose to unite and support (6) ___________________."

Brexit means "British (7) ___________________ European Union". In 2016, 52 per cent of voters voted to leave the EU. They thought Britain would (8) ___________________ of the EU and wanted the UK to have more control to make future trade agreements with other countries and (9) ___________________ EU laws. People who voted to stay believe the UK (10) ___________________ part of the EU. The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019. It is (11) ___________________ this will happen. Ms May's draft deal has further divided the country. Many people believe her government will (12) ___________________ the new deal.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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heEuropeanUnion.ItisindangeraftertheUKBrexitsecretaryandothers
eniorministersresigned.Theyquitbecauseofthe"final"dealthatMsMay
agreedwithEurope.TheysaiditwasbadfortheUKandwouldnotallowth
eUKtoleavetheEU.MsMaysaidhergovernmentmustchoosetoleaveth
eEUwithnodeal,riskBrexitneverhappening,orsupportherdeal.Shesai
d:"Wecanchoosetoleavewithnodeal,wecanrisknoBrexitatall,orweca
nchoosetouniteandsupportthebestdeal."Brexitmeans"Britishexitfro
mtheEuropeanUnion".In2016,52percentofvotersvotedtoleavetheE
U.TheythoughtBritainwouldbestrongeroutsideoftheEUandwantedth
eUKtohavemorecontroltomakefuturetradeagreementswithotherco
untriesandbefreefromEUlaws.PeoplewhovotedtostaybelievetheUKi
sstrongeraspartoftheEU.TheUnitedKingdomisduetoleavetheEUonM
arch29,2019.Itisstillunclearifthiswillhappen.MsMay'sdraftdealhasfu
rtherdividedthecountry.Manypeoplebelievehergovernmentwillnota
greetothenewdeal.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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