Welcome to the Voice of America's News Words.
This week's news word is about how government works in a democratic society.
The people of Britain voted in June to leave the European Union or EU. The Leave movement believed the EU, based in Brussels, Belgium makes too many rules for Britain. It also argued that EU leaders are not accountable to the British government or its citizens.
Accountable means being required to explain your actions or decisions. In a democratic society, it is expected that government will be held accountable for its actions and policies.