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The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union in what is being seen as a (1) ___________ earthquake. Just over 52 per cent of Britons expressed their (2) ___________ to exit the EU in a referendum on Thursday. Currency (3) ___________ were immediately affected as the British pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985. Britain's (4) ___________ to leave has caused political upheaval. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU and so politicians in both countries are now (5) ___________ breaking from the UK. Right-(6) ___________ politicians in Europe congratulated the UK for leaving. One said: "It is Great Britain's (7) ___________ day. The people were asked, and they decided. The European Union as a political (8) ___________ has failed."

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The (9) ___________ of the result was summed up by Rob Ford, professor of politics at Manchester University, who said: "This is the biggest (10) ___________ to European politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall." The vote has already (11) ___________ Britain's leader David Cameron to resign. He led the campaign to stay part of the EU and will (12) ___________ down in October. He said the country needed "(13) ___________ leadership". Less certain is the plight of the 3.3 million non-British EU (14) ___________ living in Britain, and the 1.3 million Britons living in other EU countries. Others may follow the UK's (15) ___________ in exiting the EU. Representatives from Holland's Dutch Freedom Party and France's National Front Party said: "Now it is our (16) ___________."

Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the article say the UK's decision to leave the EU was seen as?
a) a referendum
b) a political earthquake
c) desire
d) the European Union

2) What percentage of Britons voted to exit the UK?
a) just under 52%
b) exactly 52%
c) around 52%
d) just over 52%

3) When was the last time the UK pound was as low against the dollar?
a) 2005
b) 1927
c) 1985
d) 1958

4) What are Scotland and Northern Ireland thinking about doing?
a) leaving the UK
b) joining together as one country
c) applying to join the USA
d) having another referendum

5) What did a right-wing European politician say had failed?
a) the UK
b) the EU
c) democracy
d) the left wing