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Brexit Fails in Parliament

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The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union (EU) on March 29, 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May’s agreement with the EU on the terms of the departure was defeated by the UK Parliament on January 15.

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Links

“Brexit news latest: Ministers ‘hold secret talks in bid to stop no-deal outcome’”
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-news-latest-ministers-hold-secret-talks-in-bid-to-stop-nodeal-outcome-a4047286.html

“Sterling hits 2-month high as Labour signals Brexit delay support”
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/sterling-hits-2-month-high-labour-signals-brexit-delay-support-190123140030947.html

“Brexit: MPs put forward rival plans to May’s deal”
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46955437

“The Brexit deal was defeated in Parliament. Here’s what happens next.”
https://www.vox.com/world/2019/1/15/18175928/brexit-deal-vote-defeat-parliament-theresa-may

“No Brexit deal means hard Irish border, EU says”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-ireland-commission/no-brexit-deal-means-hard-irish-border-eu-says-idUSKCN1PG1GV

“The only Brexit compromise I can see coming is a bad one”
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/23/compromise-brexit-good-friday-agreement-britain

“Brexit: A week of teetering on the border”
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/analysis/brexit-a-week-of-teetering-on-the-border-899673.html

“Theresa May’s Brexit plan B sounds a lot like plan A”
https://www.vox.com/2019/1/22/18192705/brexit-plan-b-theresa-may-parliament

“Editorial: Brexit a clear example of danger of direct democracy”
https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/editorials/2019-01-15-editorial-brexit-a-clear-example-of-danger-of-direct-democracy/

“If parliament cannot resolve Brexit, a new referendum is needed”
https://www.ft.com/content/e3f3fc60-1b3d-11e9-9e64-d150b3105d21

“Brexit vote disaster: No matter what happens politically, Britain must leave the EU”
https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/brexit-vote-theresa-may-eu/

Assessment

  • Writing: What are some of the reasons Parliament defeated the government’s deal on Brexit?
  • Debate: There should be second referendum on Brexit.
  • Poll: Do you believe Brexit was a mistake from the beginning and that the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union?
  • Short Answer: What is the difficulty with Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Brexit?

Current events quiz:

1) When is the Brexit deadline?

a. February 28
b. January 29
c. Sometime in 2020
d. March 29

2) What is the Brexit deadline?

a. The day the general population will vote on Brexit
b. The day Theresa May will give a speech to the public about her final plan
c. The day the UK will leave the European Union
d. The day members of the United Nations will meet to discuss the future of Brexit

3) With what party does Theresa May belong?

a. Conservative
b. Liberal Democrats
c. Unionist
d. Labour

4) Who is Jeremy Corbyn?

a. Leader of the Labour party
b. Theresa May’s chief of staff
c. The Prime Minister prior to Theresa May
d. A retired member of Parliament

5) The “Irish backstop” guarantees that ______.

a. the border between Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and Ireland (part of the EU) remains open after the breakup
b. Ireland will not be affected by Brexit at all
c. Northern Ireland will now be part of the EU
d. Ireland will now be part of the UK

6) What is Article 50?

a. Another way of saying Brexit
b. Pushes back the Brexit deadline
c. Cancels Brexit altogether
d. A motion that would stop Parliament from having a say in Brexit

7) Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote on January 16 of this year. (T/F)

8) If she survived the no-confidence vote, May will have to deliver a plan B on Brexit to Parliament, which members of Parliament can amend. (T/F)

9) The Brexit deal lost 202 to 432 in Parliament. (T/F)

10) If Parliament can’t come to a consensus on what to do next, their government will go into shutdown, similar to what has been happening in the United States. (T/F)

11) Theresa May’s approval rating is extremely high because of Brexit. (T/F)

12)More than 25 amendments have already been introduced so far. (T/F)

Answers:

1) D

2) C

3) A

4) A

5) A

6) B

7) True

8) True

9) True

10) False

11) False

12) False

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