In this week's reading test we are going to use the BBC article Reality Check: How many Brits live in the rest of the EU? to practice the grammar and vocabulary multiple choice task.
Read the article and choose the option A, B or C which best completes each gap. 0 is an example.
Reality Check: How many Brits live in the rest of the EU?
In his first speech on the EU Referendum, Jeremy Corbyn (0) …: "There are nearly three-quarters of a million British people living in Spain and over two million living in other parts of Europe."
Is he right?
There were 306,000 UK-born people with residency in Spain in 2015, (1) … the European statistics agency Eurostat, (2) … used figures reported by Spanish authorities.
The number of UK citizens living in Spain in the same year was very similar, at almost 302,000, the same (3) … claimed.
The number of Brits living in Spain was higher before the financial crisis (4) …- more than 351,000 in 2008 - but has never been (5) … as high as the 750,000 that Mr Corbyn claims. If you take into (6) … people who spend part of the year there, the figure is certainly higher, but there are no (7) …, up-to-date statistics available on that.
Around one-third of Brits resident in Spain receive the UK state pension.
Two million British people living in other parts of Europe is a huge exaggeration, (8) … he meant to include Spain. The UN estimated that there were 1.2 million UK-born people living in other EU countries, including Spain, in 2015. That figure is based on the 2011 census.
If you include UK-born people who spend part of the year in another EU country, the figure is certainly higher, (9) … there are no up-to-date estimates of this.
A 2010 study published by IPPR suggested there were 1,050,000 UK citizens living in Spain for at least part of the year. The study was used in the answer to a parliamentary question on the number of Brits living abroad in 2014.
In 2006, the BBC News website said there were 761,000 Britons resident in Spain, using even older IPPR (10) … . These figures are out of date now and the IPPR itself (11) … uses them. The think tank takes the UN figures and says on its website: "approximately 1.2 million Britons live in other EU countries - mainly in Spain, Ireland, France and Germany."
Reality check verdict: Wrong - the real figure for UK-born residents of Spain is 306,000, and for the EU (12) … is 1.2 million.
A according to
B in opinion of
C worth of trust
C even if
C in spite of
A no longer
A as a whole
B in whole
1A 2C 3C 4B 5C 6A 7A 8C 9A 10C 11A 12A