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From the Ted Talk by Alexander Betts: Why Brexit happened -- and what to do next

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Open Cloze

So first, what does Brexit represent? _________ is a wonderful thing. Brexit teaches us many things about our society and about societies around the world. It __________ in ways that we seem embarrassingly unaware of how _______ our societies are. The vote split along lines of age, education, class and geography. Young people didn't turn out to vote in great numbers, but those that did wanted to ______. Older people really wanted to _____ the European _____. Geographically, it was London and Scotland that most strongly committed to being part of the European Union, while in other parts of the country there was very strong ambivalence. Those divisions are things we really need to recognize and take seriously. But more __________, the vote _______ us something about the nature of politics today. Contemporary politics is no longer just about right and left. It's no longer just about tax and spend. It's about globalization. The fault line of ____________ ________ is between those that _______ globalization and those that fear globalization.

Solution

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  2. remain
  3. teaches
  4. leave
  5. divided
  6. embrace
  7. union
  8. profoundly
  9. politics
  10. highlights
  11. hindsight

Original Text

So first, what does Brexit represent? Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Brexit teaches us many things about our society and about societies around the world. It highlights in ways that we seem embarrassingly unaware of how divided our societies are. The vote split along lines of age, education, class and geography. Young people didn't turn out to vote in great numbers, but those that did wanted to remain. Older people really wanted to leave the European Union. Geographically, it was London and Scotland that most strongly committed to being part of the European Union, while in other parts of the country there was very strong ambivalence. Those divisions are things we really need to recognize and take seriously. But more profoundly, the vote teaches us something about the nature of politics today. Contemporary politics is no longer just about right and left. It's no longer just about tax and spend. It's about globalization. The fault line of contemporary politics is between those that embrace globalization and those that fear globalization.

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