Best of NTC: The European Union - 28 will become 27
19.07.2016

Best of NTC: The European Union - 28 will become 27

Teaching tip

The European Union has been expanding for nearly sixty years – but now with the shock news of Brexit from the UK, it looks like it will contract: 28 will become 27.

 

The referendum on remaining in the EU which took place on Thursday 23 June throughout the UK, resulted in a vote for Brexit. 17,410,241 people voted to leave the EU and 16,141,241 voted to remain, a percentage difference of 3.8%. And it has plunged the United Kingdom into a period of instability and uncertainty. Nobody knows what the future holds for Britain: Will they still have free access to the EU markets? Will UK citizens have the freedom of movement throughout Europe? And of course will EU citizens still be able to live and work in the UK?

Brexit has had a huge impact on British politics: David Cameron the Prime Minister has resigned, the opposition Labour party is in disarray and Scotland is proposing a second independence referendum. The process of the UK leaving the EU will take up to two years (some people predict five years!) and in the meantime, politicians, experts and every newspaper columnist is predicting what will (not) happen.

If you would like to know about the European Union and do an activity about the (current) 28 members, then click on the left button below.

And if you would like to do a short activity at B1 level about Brexit, then click on the right button below.

 


Best of network Teachers' Club

New activity

Brexit
(Level B1 and upwards; 10+ mins depending on the discussions)

How well do you know the facts?

  1. What are the four countries of the United Kingdom?
  2. Two of the four countries voted to remain in the EU and two voted to leave the EU. Which voted to leave?
  3. What was the name of the leader of the Leave campaign?
  4. What was the name of the leader of the Remain campaign?
  5. What percentage of the eligible voters voted in the referendum?
  6. Could all British people living in the EU vote in the referendum?

 

Discussion points

  1. All of these were reasons for leaving the EU:
    immigration, security, jobs, trade, bureaucracy, saving money.
    Which do you think was the most important reason for people voting to leave?
     
  2. If Germany had a referendum, do you think people would vote to leave or remain in the European Union? And what might be their reasons?

 

Key (‘How well do you know the facts?’):
1 England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; 2 England and Wales; 3 Boris Johnson; 4 David Cameron; 5 72.2%; 6 No, only those British people who had left the UK less than 15 years before the referendum i.e. after June 2001.

 

 

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