Sunday, 4 March 2012

Objective Proficiency p 156. Scotland To Vote On Independence From U.K. Extra Listening

Scotland has won the right to hold a referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. Scotland's leader signed an agreement with Britain's prime minister, finalizing a vote in 2014.

Listen to the story and fill in the gaps

An important  step towards Scottish independence was taken when Mr Salmond, the head of the (1) _____________________ Scottish government met the British prime minister Mr. Cameron.
Despite lacking the legal power to hold an independence referendum, Scotland has its own (2)__________ , (3)___________, law courts and national teams.
The referendum is likely to take place before (4) ___________/________
Alex Salmond’s political group is the (5) ________/_________/__________
Mr Cameron is currently at risk of becoming the British prime minister who (6)________________ the disintegration of the U.K.
After making independence a big campaign issue, Mr Salmond’s party victory in 2011 was a (7)______________
Although the British prime minister wishes to maintain the unity of the U.K., he also believes the people in Scotland must be shown (8) __________
The economic arguments on independence are debatable because the new state would end up without any British (9) ____________________. However, the Scots would have control of (10) ____________/______________ and gas reserves.
Nearly 700 years ago, the Scots led by (11) _________/____/________, defeated the English invaders at the Battle of Bannockburn.
Although Scottish 16 and 17-year-olds will be allowed to vote for the first time, those most receptive to nationalism belong to a different (12) _________/_________.
According to the (13) _______________Matt Qvortrup, those who are more pro-independence are the teenagers who watched Mel Gibson in his (14)____________/_____________ for Scottish independence in the movie “Braveheart”.
1.  semiautonomous
2.  flag
3.  legislature
4.  December 2014
5.  Scottish National Party / SNP
6.  oversaw
7.  landslide
8.  respect
9.  subsidies
10.        offshore oil
11.        Robert the Bruce
12.        age group
13.        demographer
14.        suicidal quest

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