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Session 2

Nine months after British people voted to leave the European Union, the Brexit process is about to begin. Neil and Dan look at the language the world's media is using to discuss this story - and show you how you can use it in your everyday English.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Brexit to begin

The UK prime minister has named 29th March as the date Britain will officially begin the process of leaving the European Union.

Language challenge

Which gun-related expression means ‘to do something too soon’?

a) to jump the gun
b) all guns blazing
c) to be gunning for somebody

Watch the video and complete the activity

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The story

The British government has confirmed a date when it will officially begin the process of leaving the European Union following a referendum vote to do so last year.

The spokesman for the Prime Minister Theresa May said she would trigger the relevant treaty clause, known as Article 50, on the 29th of March.

Key words and phrases

trigger
make something start

kicking off
starting

invoking
using a law to achieve something

To do

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Language challenge - answer

a) to jump the gun

End of Session 2

Join us in Session 3 for Pronunciation in the News - our video which takes a word from the latest headlines and shows you how it's being said. This time we're looking at the word devices.

Session Vocabulary

  • trigger
    make something start

    kicking off
    starting

    invoking
    using a law to achieve something