As the deadline looms for the end of October, what is happening in the UK to move Britain towards a new deal with Europe?
The simple answer is, not a lot.
Theresa May continues to be the caretaker prime minister until either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt are chosen as the new prime minister. This will be decided by a vote among members of the Conservative Party.
Technically, they are not choosing the new Prime Minister, they are choosing the leader of their party. Because the conservatives are the largest party in parliament, either Mr Hunt or Mr Johnson will be the prime minister.
However, the first task for the new PM will be to take Britain out of Europe and into whatever the next phase may be. At the moment, nobody really knows what this will mean.
We know that both candidates intend to leave Europe. Mr Hunt does not see 31 October as a hard deadline, Mr Johnson does.
Both believe that a solution to the Irish border problem can be negotiated, the EU says it has already offered what it can.
In the meantime, business wait to see what will happen and are trying to avoid committing to future plans, in case the situation changes dramatically.
Vocabulary Find a word or phrase that matches the definition (highlight the text for solutions)
to get closer (in a threatening way) – to loom uncomplicated, not complex – simple doing a job until someone else is hired – caretaker being completely accurate – technically deciding on an option – to choose a stage in a process – phase people who want to do a job – candidates fixed finishing point – hard deadline until the next thing happens – in the meantime in a big way – dramatically
Can you use the vocabulary items in sentences of your own?
Grammar Which tense is used in the main clause of the first sentence? Why? Highlight below for the solution
… what is happening in the UK to move Britain towards a new deal with Europe? This is the present continuous, used to indicate current, ongoing action.