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UK prime minister will resign before the next set of Brexit talks with EU

London / The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said Wednesday she will step down if lawmakers approve her Brexit deal.

Theresa May told a parliamentary group that she will resign before the next phase of negotiations with the European Union in exchange for their support with the agreement for the UK’s exit.

Downing Street has released parts of her speech to the 1922 Committee: “I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party.”

She added: “I ask everyone in this room to back the deal so we can complete our historic duty – to deliver on the decision of the British people and leave the European Union with a smooth and orderly exit.”

Nearly three years after the UK voted to leave the EU, Parliament has been in gridlock, with the House of Commons twice rejecting May’s withdrawal deal.

May said it has been a “testing time for our country” and added: “We’re nearly there. We’re almost ready to start a new chapter and build that brighter future. But before we can do that, we have to finish the job in hand.”

The prime minister said she has “heard very clearly the mood of the parliamentary party.”

She added: “I know there is a desire for a new approach – and new leadership – in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations – and I won’t stand in the way of that.”

May continued: “I know some people are worried that if you vote for the withdrawal agreement, I will take that as a mandate to rush on into phase two without the debate we need to have. I won’t – I hear what you are saying.

“But we need to get the deal through and deliver Brexit.” 

May has stood by her plans to push her withdrawal deal, the result of 18 months of negotiations with the EU, through the UK’s House of Commons, the UK’s lower chamber of lawmaking.

But it has come up against several obstacles.

Not only does it face opposition parties, but May was also struggling to secure the vote of pro-Brexit backbenchers in her own ranks as well as the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party.

Both took issue over the plans for the border between the Republic of Ireland, an EU member, and Northern Ireland, a UK territory.

MPs were due to hold indicative votes on Wednesday on a number of options to see if there is a parliamentary majority for a different agreement.

Brexit has been delayed past the original Mar. 29 deadline date. EU leaders last week agreed that if May’s deal is passed, the UK will leave the bloc on May 22. But if the deal is rejected, the UK would have to come up with an alternative Brexit plan by Apr. 12.

The UK voted to abandoned the bloc in a tightly-contested 2016 referendum. (March 27, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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The text speaks of... (El texto habla de...)  
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la aprobación del acuerdo del brexit por el Parlamento británico.
B
una propuesta de May a su grupo parlamentario.
C
unas propuestas de los parlamentarios británicos a May.
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It's said in the text that May... (En el texto se dice que May...)  
A
ha dimitido por conseguir la aprobación del acuerdo del Brexit.
B
descarta que vaya a dimitir para lograr que se apruebe el acuerdo.
C
ofrece su dimisión para que se apruebe al acuerdo al Brexit.
Question 3
According to the text, British Parliament... (Según el texto, el Parlamento británico...)  
A
no ha aprobado el acuerdo negociado para la salida de la UE.
B
todavía no ha votado ningún acuerdo negociado sobre el brexit.
C
aprobó en la última votación el acuerdo negociado para el brexit.
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About the parliamentarians of May's party it is said... (Sobre los parlamentarios del partido de May se dice que...)  
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no todos están de acuerdo con lo negociado con Bruselas.
B
todos ellos menos May están en contra del acuerdo negociado.
C
todos están a favor de lo negociado con Bruselas.
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It's said in the video that Jeremy Corbyn...  (En el vídeo se dice que Jeremy Corbyn...)  
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no dijo nada sobre la oferta de May.
B
apoya la oferta de May. 
C
cree que a May le preocupa más su partido que el país.
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'Dimitir' is... ('Dimitir' es...)  
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abandonar un cargo porque te obligan.
B
ser exculpado de un partido.
C
abandonar de forma voluntaria un cargo.
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'Aferrarse' is... ('Aferrarse' es...)  
A
agarrarse a algo con fuerza.
B
presionar a alguien.
C
abandonar algo.
Question 3
The expression 'se jugó su última carta' means... (La expresión 'se jugó su última carta' significa...)  
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intervenir en un asunto.
B
revelar un secreto.
C
utilizar tu último recurso para lograr algo.
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A synonym of  'respaldar'  is... (Un sinónimo de 'respaldar' es...)    
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'apoyar'.
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'dificultar'.
C
'negociar'.
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The determined article for 'bloque' is: (El artículo determinado para 'bloque' es:)      
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lo
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el
C
la
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