The European Union is taking Britain to court for discriminating against some European residents in Britain who are denied social benefits (like child support) that other immigrants aren’t because they are asked to take the wrong kind of test.
I’m not going to get into the debate about whether the EU is right to challenge Britain in this way, But I thought it would be interesting to see what sort of questions they ask. Here are a few examples (the actual full test hasn’t been published, obviously, so these are sample questions), borrowed from the BBC and Guardian (x2).
Let’s see if you have the “right to reside” in Britain, because as will be obvious, answering these correctly is absolutely essential to being a good British citizen… (Answers at the bottom)
- Which countries make up Great Britain?
- England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
- England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Wales and England
- England, Scotland and Wales
- Which tribal leader fought against the Roman conquest of Britain?
- King Canute
- You’ve unfortunately had a fight and are bleeding from a well-placed left hook. Which two telephone numbers can you call for an ambulance?
- 999 or 112
- 999 or 111
- 911 or 999
- 999 and any other three digits
- The origins of our Parliament were in the early Middle Ages. In 1215 the great barons forced rights from a tyrannical King John. What is that document called?
- The Mappa Mundi
- The Magna Carta
- The Domesday Book
- The Bill of Rights
- Which landmark is a prehistoric monument which still stands in the English county of Wiltshire?
- Hadrian’s Wall
- Offa’s Dyke
- Fountains Abbey
- Who is the patron saint of Scotland?
- St Andrew
- St David
- St George
- St Patrick
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