Saturday 19 October 2019

Mary Beard asks followers for future Brexit exam questions

The historian asked for exam questions for any level, from GCSE to A-levels.

The historian encouraged followers to make the questions ‘smart and challenging’ (Niall Carson/PA)
The historian encouraged followers to make the questions ‘smart and challenging’ (Niall Carson/PA)

By Press Association reporter

Professor Mary Beard offered some light relief to current politics by inviting people to share how they thought Brexit might be taught in schools.

The historian asked her followers: “OK one and all, let’s have the future exam questions that might get set on Brexit… 20/50/100 years hence.

“Any level from GCSE to degree! Make them smart and challenging!”

Many Twitter users accepted the academic’s challenge, with hundreds replying with their own essay ideas.

User @stonemunki showed weariness at progress in Westminster, suggesting: “How did the Brexit debate over the last century shape the ongoing Brexit negotiations?”

Joe Hackett added: “A Level, 2069: Summarise the latest plan for Britain to exit the EU.”

Referring to a popular phrase used during the negotiations, Oliver Linton wrote: “To what extent did Brexit mean Brexit? Discuss.”

User @_sahemmings replied: “Assess the linguistic slide of the term ‘meaningful’ over the course of early 2019 as it relates to Brexit.”

Brexit appears to be on course for a lengthy delay after MPs rejected Theresa May’s EU Withdrawal Agreement by a margin of 58 votes on Friday.

The Commons voted by 344 to 286 against the deal as hundreds of pro-Brexit protesters staged a noisy demonstration outside, on the day when the UK was due to leave the European Union.

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