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Europe Responds to Brexit

Europe is not keen on the British government’s Brexit plan. According to Al Jazeera, “The chance of Britain exiting from the European Union without an agreement on future relations appeared to rise on Thursday as European leaders attacked key demands in U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan.”

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  • Writing: Why did European leaders reject the latest plan for Brexit, and how did the U.K. prime minister respond?
  • Debate: Brexit will cause irreparable harm to the European Union.
  • Poll: How many of you believe, given the inability to negotiate an acceptable Brexit plan, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May should resign her office?
  • Short Answer: Briefly describe one reason why the latest Brexit plan from the U.K. government was dismissed by European leaders.

Current events quiz:

1) If everything happens according to plan, when would Britain officially leave the E.U. (this is also known as “Brexit day”)?

a. January 1, 2019
b. November 29, 2018
c. March 29, 2019
d. June 15, 2020

2) Who is Theresa May?

a. The prime minister of the United Kingdom
b. A member of Parliament
c. The head of the U.K. Independence Party
d. Northern Ireland’s DUP

3) Who said he or she was originally in favor of Brexit in 2013?

a. Theresa May
b. David Cameron
c. Nigel Farage
d. Arlene Foster

4) If Brexit proceeds successfully, the members of British Parliament will leave the European Parliament. (T/F)

5) Britons give Theresa May high marks and mostly support her decisions. (T/F)

6) Northern Ireland is still under British rule. (T/F)


1) C

2) A

3) B

4) T

5) F

6) T

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