BREXIT – What is it? | Reading Comprehension

On Thursday 23rd June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted in a referendum to decide whether or not to remain a member of the European Union (EU). Over three years later, MPs (Members of Parliament) are still debating how to successfully implement this decision. The big question is, however, why did the citizens of the UK vote to leave in the first place? The Team at Scrambled Eggs School in Milan have a put together a short outline of all the facts.

‘Brexit’ is the term coined to describe the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The word Brexit is in fact a shortened version of ‘British Exit.’ In June 2016, 72.2% of voters went to their Polling Station (the place where you are registered to vote) to cast their vote on whether or not the UK should remain in the EU. The results were not only unexpected, but extremely close, with 51.9% of people voting to leave and 48.1% voting to remain! Brexit evidently divided the nation.

What encouraged people to vote the way that they did? In the months leading up to the vote, both supporters and opponents of the EU referendum led various campaigns to outline what the pros and cons would be if we decided to leave or remain in the EU. Here are the for and against arguments briefly outlined.

The For Argument

The push to leave the EU was advocated mostly by the UK Independence Party who argued that Britain’s participation in the EU restricted the country. The Party’s main arguments centred around: regaining border control and reclaiming business rights. Additionally, they argued that the high EU membership fees could be used use to benefit the UK, in particular to fund the NHS (the UK’s healthcare system).

The Against Argument

The Conservative Party, including David Cameron, the Party leader and the Prime Minister at the time, were strongly in favour of remaining in the EU. Their arguments against leaving were predominately related to business benefits; being a part of the EU allows the UK to participate in the single market and therefore benefit from economic strength and security. In addition, they argued that immigration helps develop the workforce and fuels public service projects.

In response to the results of the EU referendum, the UK invoked Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty on 29th March 2017. In doing so, the UK made its break from the EU official. The UK then had two years to negotiate a departure with the other member states and was officially due to leave on 29th March 2019. However, British MPs failed to come to a unanimous decision and the Article 50 process was extended to 12th April 2019 and then subsequently, a further six months, to 31st October 2019. As things stand, the UK is set to leave the EU on 31st October, unless a withdrawal agreement is ratified by both the UK and the EU before this date; as a result of which, the UK would leave before the deadline.

Until the UK’s exit becomes legal, the UK is still subject to EU laws. What will happened between now and then is completely up in the air. There is support for a second referendum, talks of extending the October deadline and even advocates for a no-deal Brexit (to leave the EU immediately and without any agreements in place). At the moment, the UK’s future in the EU is unknown.

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Even if / Even though – English Grammar Exercise

In today’s post blog post we’re going to go over two phrases that can be a bit tricky for English language learners. Are you ready to learn and improve with us?

Do you know the difference between ‘even if‘ and ‘even though‘ in English? It’s a pretty tough part of the English language, but fortunately for you the native-speaker language teachers here at our language school in Milan are ready to help out! Have a look at the rules below and then try our latest Scrambled Eggs grammar quiz – you’ll be an expert in no time!

Even if vs. Even though

So, if it were raining you could say “Even though it’s raining right now, I’m going to the park to play football with my mates“, but if it were a sunny morning you would say “Even if it rains this afternoon I’m going to the park to play football with the guys“.

Have you got it? Try writing a couple of examples if you’re still not sure. Then, when you’re feeling confident, click on the link below for the quiz to test yourself.

Even if vs. Even though quiz

When you’ve read the explanation at the top of the page, choose the correct answers in the following quiz on even if/even though.

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Improve Your Spelling in English – Dictation

Today’s blog post is dedicated to working on your spelling! Whether you have an IELTS exam coming up soon, or you spend time on the phone in English and you have write down anything from a last name to an email address, this exercise is perfect for your English language needs!

It’s always a bit of a rush when you have someone on the other end spitting out letters on end that you need to frantically write down. This is one of the hardest parts about learning English, as sometimes native English speakers take for granted the fact that you have the alphabet down perfectly and can take direction without any hesitation. Well, now is your time! With the following exercise, you can improve your English comprehension capabilities and be ready for that next phone call or English language exam. Good luck!


City Spelling

How good are your spelling capabilities in English? Let’s give it a try!

Well, how did it go? Are feeling confident just yet in your abilities to copy down the spelling of words in the English language? If the answer is “not so much” then have no fear! Scrambled Eggs English School in Milan has you covered! Check out some more of our English quizzes and exercises on our blog.