Lessons in the "referendum" Category

Should Britain leave the EU?

Should Britain leave the EU? Britain’s Daily Express newspaper thinks so. It recently explained why and hopefully it now makes an interesting theme to discuss. The British newspaper demanded ‘our country’ back from the EU! They called it ‘a crusade for freedom’. They wish to see Britain break free from the ‘EU dictatorship’.

Certainly many in Europe and beyond now jokingly call the EU the ‘E.U.S.S.R.’. This point definitely rings alarm bells in Eastern European countries, who clearly remember the U.S.S.R. and communism, and whose citizens now see the EU for what it really is. Is the EU a Big Brother state like the U.S.S.R. once was?

The Daily Express states those behind the EU have been intent on one goal: the creation of a single political and economic European state with absolute sovereignty over the nations under its control.

(Flashback lesson:This is an interesting lesson from 2011 that is still actual today)

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

Today, the question is: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

During the 2015 General Election British Prime Minister David Cameron promised British voters a referendum about the UK membership of the EU no later than the end of 2017. The referendum will take place on Thursday 23 June 2016.

The “Brexit” vote is likely to affect everyone living in the EU, as a vote to leave could mark the breakup or even the end of the EU. “Brexit” is a term commonly-used for the British exit from the EU.

Referendum on family values

Today’s English lesson is inspired by one of my students. When discussing her weekend activities, she told us she had been helping to promote an upcoming referendum on family values that will take place shortly in Slovakia.

There are three questions:

  1. Do you agree that only a bond between one man and one woman can be called marriage?
  2. Do you agree that same-sex couples should not be allowed to adopt and raise children?
  3. Do you agree that schools cannot require children to participate in sex education or euthanasia education if their parents don’t agree?

Scottish referendum – Yes or No?

Today, let’s talk about the forthcoming Scottish referendum. The vote on whether to stay in the United Kingdom or become an independent country will take place on Thursday 18th September 2014. The question voters in Scotland will vote on is: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Voters can choose the following answers; either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’?

Coincidentally, 2014 is the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn when the English were defeated by the Scots. The Ryder Cup (Golf) is also being held in 2014 and recently Scotland held the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. For these reasons Scottish National Leader Alex Salmond chose to want the vote in 2014.

Category: Scotland / Scottish Referendum / Independence

An independent Scotland?

Is Scotland going to leave the United Kingdom? Will it break away and become an independent country? That’s the question.

The Union has lasted more than 300 years - yet Scottish Nationalist party leader Alex Salmond would like to break away from it and form an independent Scotland. If so, will Great Britain suddenly become a little less great? The United Kingdom, which currently includes England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, would then be not so ‘United’.

The Union Jack would suddenly be without its blue colours. Northern Ireland and Wales have indicated they would prefer Scotland to remain in the UK. Ironically in a recent poll whilst 52% of Scottish people voted to leave the UK 59% of English people wanted them to leave! The English want an independent England!

Category: United Kingdom / Scotland / UK Breakup

Should Britain leave the EU?

Should Britain leave the EU? Britain’s Daily Express newspaper thinks so. It recently explained why and hopefully it now makes an interesting theme to discuss. The British newspaper demanded ‘our country’ back from the EU! They called it ‘a crusade for freedom’. They wish to see Britain break free from the ‘EU dictatorship’.

Certainly many in Europe and beyond now jokingly call the EU the ‘E.U.S.S.R.’. This point definitely rings alarm bells in Eastern European countries, who clearly remember the U.S.S.R. and communism, and whose citizens now see the EU for what it really is.

Is the EU a Big Brother state like the U.S.S.R. once was? The Daily Express states those behind the EU have been intent on one goal: the creation of a single political and economic European state with absolute sovereignty over the nations under its control

Category: Europe / EU / Economic & Business