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UK Officially Triggers Brexit

dateline: 29 March 2017

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • trigger: to start
  • Brexit: the exit of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU)
  • sombre: dark and gloomy
  • weigh in: to comment on or give an opinion about
  • ensure: to promise
  • negotiations: discussions with a goal of making all sides happy about an issue

UK Officially Triggers Brexit

UK Prime Minister Theresa May officially triggered Brexit this week by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty. EU Council President Donald Tusk had a sombre when he made the announcement, saying it was not a happy day and that the EU was missing the UK already. While leaders throughout the EU weighed in on what Brexit really means for them, Tusk ensured the world that the 27 EU states are more than ever before. Approximately two years of negotiations will now take place.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did Theresa May do?
  2. What is Donald Tusk’s role?
  3. What happens now?

Discussion Questions: Many leaders and commentators have compared Brexit to a divorce. How is the European Union like a marriage?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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3 Comments on “UK Officially Triggers Brexit”

  1. Alberto says:

    I completely agree with you, David. And I am sure that UK will try to get a beneficial agreement in the negotiations.

  2. David says:

    In my opinion, the UK citizens will regret of the Brexit because they will suffer the consequences.

    The income in the UK will be reduced due to the tourism will be significantly reduced, and the UK citizens will suffer the customs overseas, for example in Gibraltar.

    Certainly the EU has to be unyielding with the UK to set an example to the UK and to the other EU countries too. If you want to exit, alright, exit with all the consequences, but you can’t go and come as if nothing had happened.

  3. Bijan says:

    Dear Tara,
    Thank you for your nice voice.
    Best wishes,

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