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dateline: 29 June 2016

UK Votes to Leave EU

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • referendum: a vote based on a single question
  • European Union (EU): a political and economic union made up of 27 member states
  • pound: British currency
  • step down: to give up one’s position
  • negotiations: discussion for the purpose of making a deal or coming to an agreement
  • take care of: to oversee

UK Votes to Leave EU

On June 24, in a referendum known as Brexit, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU). Shortly after the Leave results were , the British pound began to fall drastically, and Prime Minister Cameron announced that he would be stepping down. Like Cameron, all of the other EU leaders that voters would choose to Remain. The to officially leave the EU is expected to take two years. The next prime minister will likely take care of the negotiations.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did the UK vote to do?
  2. What announcement did Prime Minister Cameron make after the results came in?
  3. What will take at least two years?

Discussion Questions: How might Brexit affect English language learners and teachers?

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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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