The Reading / Listening - Brexit - Level 3

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May is battling to save the Brexit divorce deal with the European Union, and her job. The Brexit agreement is in danger after the UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and other senior ministers resigned. They quit because of the "final" deal that Ms May agreed with Europe on Thursday. Mr Raab said the deal was bad for the UK. He said it would not allow the UK to leave the EU. Ms May said her government has a choice. It must choose to leave the EU with no deal, risk Brexit never happening, or support her deal. She said: "The choice is clear. 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 that can be negotiated."



Brexit means "British exit from the European Union". On June 23, 2016, the British people voted to leave the EU. Nearly 52 per cent of voters voted to leave. They voted to leave because they thought Britain would be stronger outside of the EU. They wanted the UK to have more control over its future and to make trade agreements with other countries. They also wanted to 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, at 11pm UK time. It is still unclear if or how the UK will leave the EU. Thursday's draft deal has further divided the country. Many people believe the UK's government will not agree to the new deal.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Brexit - Level 0 Brexit - Level 1   or  Brexit - Level 2

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


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. BREXIT: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Brexit. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       battling / divorce / agreement / secretary / deal / government / choice / leave /
       exit / voters / stronger / EU / UK / countries / free / laws / unclear / divided / agree
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. LEAVE: Students A strongly believe it is better for the UK to leave the European Union; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MY COUNTRY: What do you think of these things about your country? What changes could happen to them in the future? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What you think

Future changes

Capital city

 

 

Currency

 

 

Borders

 

 

Language

 

 

Cuisine

 

 

Government

 

 

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5. AGREEMENT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "agreement". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. DEALS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important deals for your country at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • freedom of movement
  • freedom of labour
  • cultural ties
  • military ties
  • cyber-security
  • trade
  • tourism
  • energy

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. battling a. An agreement between two or more people, groups, businesses or countries, especially for business or in politics.
      2. deal b. Tried to reach an agreement or get a deal by discussing things with others.
      3. senior c. More experienced people.
      4. resigned d. Having a long and difficult fight or struggle.
      5. agreed e. Left a job or position; quit.
      6. choice f. Discussed or talked about and then accepted by everyone.
      7. negotiated g. An act of selecting or making a decision about two or more possibilities.

    Paragraph 2

      8. exit h. A version of a piece of writing that comes before the final version.
      9. voted i. Expected at or planned for at a certain time.
      10. control j. The action of buying and selling goods and services.
      11. trade k. Leaving a particular situation or place.
      12. due to l. Separated or split into two parts.
      13. draft m. Made a choice in an election.
      14. divided n. The power to change or direct people's behavior or the course of events.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Theresa May lost her job because of the Brexit agreement with the EU.    T / F
  2. A UK Brexit secretary quit because Theresa May's new Brexit deal.     T / F
  3. The Brexit secretary was the only politician to resign.     T / F
  4. Theresa May said the UK's government only had one choice.     T / F
  5. The word "Brexit" means "Britain Exits Italy".     T / F
  6. Less than 52 per cent of British people voted to leave the EU.     T / F
  7. Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29 at 11pm.     T / F
  8. Many people believe the UK government won't back the deal.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. battling
  2. agreement
  3. resigned
  4. support
  5. negotiated
  6. exit
  7. thought
  8. still
  9. draft
  10. agree
  1. believed
  2. discussed terms
  3. preliminary
  4. departure
  5. deal
  6. approve
  7. back
  8. fighting
  9. even now
  10. quit

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. battling to save the Brexit divorce
  2. The Brexit agreement is in
  3. other senior
  4. Mr Raab said the deal was bad
  5. The choice
  6. Brexit means
  7. Nearly 52 per cent of voters
  8. have more control
  9. The United Kingdom is due
  10. further divided
  1. over its future
  2. for the UK
  3. voted to leave
  4. is clear
  5. danger
  6. to leave the EU
  7. ministers resigned
  8. the country
  9. deal
  10. British exit

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
danger
support
deal
negotiated
final
risk
battling
choice

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May is (1) ____________ to save the Brexit divorce (2) ____________ with the European Union, and her job. The Brexit agreement is in (3) ____________ after the UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and other senior ministers resigned. They quit because of the "(4) ____________ " deal that Ms May agreed with Europe on Thursday. Mr Raab said the deal was bad for the UK. He said it would not allow the UK to leave the EU. Ms May said her government has a (5) ____________. It must choose to leave the EU with no deal, risk Brexit never happening, or (6) ____________ her deal. She said: "The choice is clear. We can choose to leave with no deal, we can (7) ____________ no Brexit at all, or we can choose to unite and support the best deal that can be (8) ____________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
believe
unclear
voted
agree
stronger
further
future
due

Brexit means "British exit from the European Union". On June 23, 2016, the British people (9) ____________ to leave the EU. Nearly 52 per cent of voters voted to leave. They voted to leave because they thought Britain would be (10) ____________ outside of the EU. They wanted the UK to have more control over its (11) ____________ and to make trade agreements with other countries. They also wanted to be free from EU laws. People who voted to stay (12) ____________ the UK is stronger as part of the EU. The United Kingdom is (13) ____________ to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, at 11pm UK time. It is still (14) ____________ if or how the UK will leave the EU. Thursday's draft deal has (15) ____________ divided the country. Many people believe the UK's government will not (16) ____________ to the new deal.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) in danger after the UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and other senior ______
     a.  ministers resign
     b.  ministers re-signed
     c.  ministers re-sign
     d.  ministers resigned
2)  He said it would not allow the UK to leave the EU. Ms May said her government ______
     a.  has the choice
     b.  has a choose
     c.  has the choose
     d.  has a choice
3)  It must choose to leave the EU with no deal, ______ happening
     a.  risk Brexit never
     b.  risky Brexit never
     c.  risks Brexit never
     d.  risqué Brexit never
4) We can choose to leave with no deal, we can risk no Brexit at all, or we can ______
     a.  choose to you knit
     b.  choose to you night
     c.  choose to ewe night
     d.  choose to unite
5)  support the best deal that ______
     a.  can be negotiate it
     b.  can be negotiate
     c.  can be negotiation
     d.  can be negotiated

6)  On June 23, 2016, the British people ______ the EU
     a.  voted at leave
     b.  voted by leave
     c.  voted to leave
     d.  voted on leave
7)  They wanted the UK to have more ______ future
     a.  control overt its
     b.  control obvert its
     c.  control every its
     d.  control over its
8)  The United Kingdom ______ leave
     a.  is due to
     b.  is dew to
     c.  is duty
     d.  is jewel to
9)  Thursday's draft deal has further ______ country
     a.  divide the
     b.  divide it the
     c.  divides the
     d.  divided the
10)  Many people believe the UK's government will not agree to ______
     a.  the new dealt
     b.  the new ideals
     c.  the new deal
     d.  the new ideal

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May is (1) ___________________ the Brexit divorce deal with the European Union, and her job. The Brexit agreement is in (2) ___________________ UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and other senior ministers resigned. They quit because of (3) ___________________ that Ms May agreed with Europe on Thursday. Mr Raab said the deal was bad for the UK. He said it would not allow the UK to leave the EU. Ms May said her government (4) ___________________. It must choose to leave the EU with no deal, risk Brexit never happening, or support her deal. She said: "The choice is clear. We can (5) ___________________ with no deal, we can risk no Brexit at all, or we can choose to (6) ___________________ the best deal that can be negotiated."

Brexit means "British exit from the European Union". On June 23, 2016, the British people (7) ___________________ the EU. Nearly 52 per cent of voters voted to leave. They voted to leave because they thought Britain would be (8) ___________________ the EU. They wanted the UK to have more control over its future and (9) ___________________ agreements with other countries. They also wanted to be free from EU laws. People who voted to stay believe the UK is (10) ___________________ of the EU. The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, at 11pm UK time. It is (11) ___________________ or how the UK will leave the EU. Thursday's draft deal has further divided the country. Many people believe the UK's government will not (12) ___________________ new deal.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is Theresa May battling to save?
  2. Who else resigned besides the Brexit secretary?
  3. What did the Brexit secretary say Brexit was bad for?
  4. What did Theresa May say about the choice over Brexit?
  5. What did Theresa May say people risk?
  6. What does Brexit mean?
  7. How many voters voted to leave the European Union?
  8. What did people who voted to leave want more of for the UK?
  9. At what time will the UK leave the European Union?
  10. What has the draft Brexit deal done to the country?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is Theresa May battling to save?
a) her career
b) trees
c) the Brexit (divorce) deal
d) Britain's farming industry
2) Who else resigned besides the Brexit secretary?
a) senior ministers
b) the EU leader
c) Theresa May's secretary
d) EU ministers
3) What did the Brexit secretary say Brexit was bad for?
a) the UK
b) apple growers
c) Europe
d) Theresa May
4) What did Theresa May say about the choice over Brexit?
a) it was important
b) it was clear
c) it was unclear
d) it was difficult
5) What did Theresa May say people risk?
a) their health
b) money
c) Britain's economy
d) having no Brexit at all

6) What does Brexit mean?
a) Britain Exits Italy
b) British exit from the European Union
c) Brussels Exit
d) British Example Itinerary
7) How many voters voted to leave the European Union?
a) nearly 52%
b) about 52%
c) just over 52%
d) exactly 52%
8) What did people who voted to leave want more of for the UK?
a) laws
b) food
c) control
d) money
9) At what time will the UK leave the European Union?
a) 6am
b) midnight
c) lunchtime
d) 11pm
10) What has the draft Brexit deal done to the country?
a) divided it
b) unified it
c) made it richer
d) made it poorer

Role play

Role  A – Cyber-security
You think cyber-security is the most important deal to make with other countries. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their deals. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): trade, tourism or freedom of movement.

Role  B – Trade
You think trade is the most important deal to make with other countries. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their deals. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): cyber-security, tourism or freedom of movement.

Role  C – Tourism
You think tourism is the most important deal to make with other countries. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their deals. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): trade, cyber-security or freedom of movement.

Role  D – Freedom of Movement
You think freedom of movement is the most important deal to make with other countries. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their deals. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): trade, tourism or cyber-security.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'vote'

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'leave'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • exit
    • nearly
    • outside
    • free
    • due
    • divided
    • divorce
    • senior
    • final
    • allow
    • clear
    • support




    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 - British Prime Minister battles to save Brexit

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'Brexit'?
    3. What do you know about Brexit?
    4. Is it better for the UK to stay in the European Union?
    5. Have you ever quit something?
    6. Have you ever made a deal?
    7. What do you think of your government?
    8. What organizations is your country a member of?
    9. What do you think of the United Kingdom?
    10. Do you think you are good at negotiating?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'divorce'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about Theresa May?
    5. What do Europeans think of the UK leaving the EU?
    6. If the UK leaves the EU, will other countries follow?
    7. How strong is your country?
    8. What things divide your country?
    9. How important is the UK?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Theresa May?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The UK Prime Minister Theresa May is (1) ____ to save the Brexit divorce deal with the European Union, and her job. The Brexit agreement is (2) ____ danger after the UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and (3) ____ senior ministers resigned. They quit because of the "final" deal that Ms May agreed with Europe on Thursday. Mr Raab said the deal was bad for the UK. He said it would not (4) ____ the UK to leave the EU. Ms May said her government has a choice. It must choose to leave the EU with no deal, risk Brexit never (5) ____, or support her deal. She said: "The choice is clear. We can choose to leave with no deal, we can risk no Brexit at (6) ____, or we can choose to unite and support the best deal that can be negotiated."

    Brexit (7) ____ "British exit from the European Union". On June 23, 2016, the British people voted to leave the EU. Nearly 52 per cent of voters voted to leave. They voted to leave because they (8) ____ Britain would be stronger outside of the EU. They wanted the UK to have more control (9) ____ its future and to make trade agreements with other countries. They also wanted to be free from EU laws. People who voted to stay believe the UK is stronger (10) ____ part of the EU. The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, at 11pm UK time. It is still unclear if or how the UK will leave the EU. Thursday's (11) ____ deal has further divided the country. Many people (12) ____ the UK's government will not agree to the new deal.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     battling     (b)     battled     (c)     battles     (d)     battle    
    2. (a)     on     (b)     by     (c)     in     (d)     at    
    3. (a)     others     (b)     another     (c)     the others     (d)     other    
    4. (a)     allowing     (b)     allow     (c)     allowance     (d)     allowed    
    5. (a)     happen     (b)     happened     (c)     happens     (d)     happening    
    6. (a)     entire     (b)     every     (c)     all     (d)     whole    
    7. (a)     meanings     (b)     means     (c)     meanie     (d)     mean    
    8. (a)     thought     (b)     fought     (c)     ought     (d)     caught    
    9. (a)     over     (b)     under     (c)     through     (d)     thus    
    10. (a)     was     (b)     has     (c)     as     (d)     is    
    11. (a)     daft     (b)     deft     (c)     drift     (d)     draft    
    12. (a)     believe     (b)     believe     (c)     belie     (d)     bailiff

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  draft deal has further divided the country. Many people believe the UK's government will not agree to the new deal.
    (...)  risk no Brexit at all, or we can choose to unite and support the best deal that can be negotiated."
    (...)  Brexit means "British exit from the European Union". On June 23, 2016, the British
    (...)  deal, risk Brexit never happening, or support her deal. She said: "The choice is clear. We can choose to leave with no deal, we can
    (...)  on Thursday. Mr Raab said the deal was bad for the UK. He said it would not allow the UK to
    1  ) The UK Prime Minister Theresa May is battling to save the Brexit divorce deal with the European Union, and her
    (...)  ministers resigned. They quit because of the "final" deal that Ms May agreed with Europe
    (...)  job. The Brexit agreement is in danger after the UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and other senior
    (...)  due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, at 11pm UK time. It is still unclear if or how the UK will leave the EU. Thursday's
    (...)  from EU laws. People who voted to stay believe the UK is stronger as part of the EU. The United Kingdom is
    (...)  people voted to leave the EU. Nearly 52 per cent of voters voted to leave. They voted to leave
    (...)  because they thought Britain would be stronger outside of the EU. They wanted the UK to have more
    (...)  control over its future and to make trade agreements with other countries. They also wanted to be free
    (...)  leave the EU. Ms May said her government has a choice. It must choose to leave the EU with no

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. would   It   not   to   the   UK   allow   leave   .
    3. EU   deal   .   the   Choose   leave   with   to   no
    4. can   choose   to   with   no   leave   We   deal   .
    5. that   negotiated   .   best   Support   deal   can   be   the
    6. outside   would   be   the   stronger   Britain   EU   .   of
    7. the   control   .   They   more   wanted   have   UK   to
    8. to   wanted   They   EU   free   laws   .   be   from
    9. divided   further   has   draft   country   .   Thursday's   deal   the
    10. the   believe   UK's   will   agree   .   People   not   government

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The UK Prime Minister Theresa May is battling / battled to save the Brexit divorce deal with the European Union, and her job. The Brexit agreement is in / on danger after the UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and another / other senior ministers resigned. They quit because of the "final" dealt / deal that Ms May agreed / agreement with Europe on Thursday. Mr Raab said the deal was bad for the UK. He said it would not allow the UK to believe / leave the EU. Ms May said her government has a choice / choose. It must choose to leave the EU with no deal, risk Brexit never happening / happen, or support her deal. She said: "The choose / choice is clear. We can choose to leave with no deal, we can risk no Brexit at all, or we can choose to unity / unite and support the best deal that can be negotiated."

    Brexit means "British exit / excite from the European Union". On June 23, 2016, the British people voted to leave the / an EU. Nearly 52 per cent of voters voted to leave. They voted to leave so / because they thought Britain would be stronger outside of the EU. They wanted the UK to have more control / controlled over its future and to make trade agrees / agreements with other countries. They also wanted to be free / flee from EU laws. People who voted to stay believe the UK is stronger / strength as part of the EU. The United Kingdom is dew / due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, at 11pm UK time. It is still unclear if or how the UK will leave the EU. Thursday's draft / daft deal has further divided / multiplied the country. Many people believe the UK's government will not agree to the new deal.

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the uk prime minister theresa may is battling to save the brexit divorce deal with the european union and her job the brexit agreement is in danger after the uk brexit secretary dominic raab and other senior ministers resigned they quit because of the final deal that ms may agreed with europe on thursday mr raab said the deal was bad for the uk he said it would not allow the uk to leave the eu ms may said her government has a choice it must choose to leave the eu with no deal risk brexit never happening or support her deal she said the choice is clear 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 that can be negotiated

    brexit means british exit from the european union on june 23 2016 the british people voted to leave the eu nearly 52 per cent of voters voted to leave they voted to leave because they thought britain would be stronger outside of the eu they wanted the uk to have more control over its future and to make trade agreements with other countries they also wanted to 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 at 11pm uk time it is still unclear if or how the uk will leave the eu thursdays draft deal has further divided the country many people believe the uks government will not agree to the new deal

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    TheUKPrimeMinisterTheresaMayisbattlingtosavetheBrexitdivorced
    ealwiththeEuropeanUnion,andherjob.TheBrexitagreementisindang
    eraftertheUKBrexitsecretaryDominicRaabandotherseniorministersr
    esigned.Theyquitbecauseofthe"final"dealthatMsMayagreedwithEur
    opeonThursday.MrRaabsaidthedealwasbadfortheUK.Hesaiditwould
    notallowtheUKtoleavetheEU.MsMaysaidhergovernmenthasachoice.
    ItmustchoosetoleavetheEUwithnodeal,riskBrexitneverhappening,o
    rsupportherdeal.Shesaid:"Thechoiceisclear.Wecanchoosetoleavewi
    thnodeal,wecanrisknoBrexitatall,orwecanchoosetouniteandsupport
    thebestdealthatcanbenegotiated."Brexitmeans"Britishexitfromthe
    EuropeanUnion".OnJune23,2016,theBritishpeoplevotedtoleavethe
    EU.Nearly52percentofvotersvotedtoleave.Theyvotedtoleavebecaus
    etheythoughtBritainwouldbestrongeroutsideoftheEU.Theywantedt
    heUKtohavemorecontroloveritsfutureandtomaketradeagreements
    withothercountries.TheyalsowantedtobefreefromEUlaws.Peoplewh
    ovotedtostaybelievetheUKisstrongeraspartoftheEU.TheUnitedKing
    domisduetoleavetheEUonMarch29,2019,at11pmUKtime.Itisstillunc
    leariforhowtheUKwillleavetheEU.Thursday'sdraftdealhasfurtherdivi
    dedthecountry.ManypeoplebelievetheUK'sgovernmentwillnotagree
    tothenewdeal.

    Free writing

    Write about Brexit for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Brexit will be a good thing for the UK and Europe.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. BREXIT: Make a poster about Brexit. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. EUROPEAN UNION: Write a magazine article about the European Union and that it is best for Britain to stay part of it. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on Brexit. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on Brexit. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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