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dateline: 23 June 2016

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UK to Vote in Historic Brexit Referendum

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • UK: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  • Brexit: Britain + exit (refers to the UK leaving the EU)
  • referendum: a vote based on a single question
  • abroad: away from one’s home country
  • eligible: allowed due to a certain status or position
  • steady: regular, without interruption

UK to Vote in Historic Brexit Referendum

A referendum will be held on Thursday, June 23 to decide whether or not the UK will remain in the . British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens who live in the UK, as well as UK citizens living abroad are eligible to vote. Those who want to leave the EU say that there are rules for businesses. They also want more over their borders. Those who want to stay, including Prime Minister Cameron, argue that the UK the steady flow of immigrants. Many in the European Union fear that if the UK leaves, other countries will quickly . Greenland left the European Union in 1985.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the referendum question?
  2. Which side is Prime Minister Cameron on?
  3. Why does the report mention Greenland?

Discussion Questions: Do you think the UK should remain in the EU or not? Give reasons to back up your point of view.

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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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