Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Dictionary of Brexit

As of October 2019 an UPDATED version of this dictionary can be found on 

The vote by the British people to leave the European Union has given rise to a plethora of new words such as 'Brexit'. 'Brexit' itself is now defined in the Oxford English dictionary as: (noun) A term for the potential departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Below I've listed some of the other words and phrases - some common, some not so common - that have been invented to define what Brexit means. I've begun to link to examples where I can find them. I discussed the Brexicon in a piece for the LSE's Brexit blog

I'll update this page as I find new words or they emerge (and will get around to putting them all into alphabetical order). Please email me with any suggestions, examples and links - 


101 Brexits
Amazing technicolour dreambrexit
B-Day (the day Brexit is scheduled to happen, 29 March 2019)
BINO (Brexit In Name Only)
Br(EEA)xit (UK exit from the EEA)
Breadxit (Brexit and baking)
Brelete (your account)
Brentry (Britain's joining the EEC in 1973)
Breunion (the Breunion Boys are a boyband committed to winning back the UK)
Brexart (the cultural impact of Brexit)
Brexatom (UK exit from the European Atomic Energy Community - EURATOM)
Brexchosis (Brexit psychosis) 
Brexfit (a workout session designed and run by Gym Box)
Brexican stand-off (stand-off mainly over what the UK owes the EU)
Brexicology (the study of the Brexicon)
Brexicon (the lexicon of Brexit)
Brexiety (Brexit anxiety)
Brexistential crisis which leads to the Brexit Five stages of Grief (also here):
  1. Brenial
  2. Branger
  3. Brargaining
  4. Brepression or debression
  5. Bracceptance or euukceptance.
Brexitey (Brexit anxiety)
Brexit over easy
Brexiteers / Brexiter
'Brexitjuice, Brexitjuice, Brexitjuice'
Brexit Virus (a strain of hepatitis V found in sausages)
Brexlicker (Brexit stamps)
Brexlit (the literature of Brexit)
Brexmas (Have a merry one...)
Brexpats (in Spain, Portugal etc.)
Brexshit (...hitting the fan)
Brexsplit (UK divides in its membership of the EU, with Scotland remaining inside)
BRINO (BRexit In Name Only)
Broxit (Elmar Brok MEP's expenses)
Bruck off
Brump (Brexit and Trump)
The Bye-EU Tapestry (c/o the Sun)
Chateau Brexit (Brexit causes an increase in the price of wine)
Continental Brexit
Creme Brulee Brexit (hard Brexit on the surface but inside it's a soft Brexit)
Elastic Brexit
Elexit (the 2017 UK General Election)
Fifty shades of Brexit (and Article 50 Shades of Brexit)
Hard Brexit
Hard Brexxxit (a political porn parody)
Long Brexit
Neglexit (the opportunity costs of Brexit)
Part Brexit
Prexit (a pretend Brexit and the exit of cash from prime funds in the City)
Prexit (Resignation of Priti Patel MP)
Re-Leavers (Remain voters who have changed their support to Leave)
Remain-ia (also see, Romania) 
Schrödinger's Brexit
Scoxit (Scottish exit from the UK)
Shexit (The Shetland Islands exit from Scotland in the case of a Scoxit)
Slow Brexit (taking Brexit one careful step at a time)
Smexit ('smart Brexit')
Soft Brexit
Therexit (Theresa May's exit from 10 Downing St)
Threxit (the UK's negotiating threats)
Train crash Brexit
Trexit (Theresa May's exit)
UKxit (UK exit from the EU, which is different to Britain's exit which would not include Northern Ireland)
Unprotected Brexit
Wrexit (to wreck Brexit)
Zaxit (the defeat of Zac Goldsmith)

Other EU member states/regions
(Credit for some of these goes to a piece by Quartz)

Austria - Auxit, Outstria, Ousterreich.
Belgium - Beljump, Bailgium.
Bulgaria - Nullgaria.
Croatia - Noatia, Heaveatska.
Cyprus - Byeprus, Nicoseeya.
Czech Republic - Czexit, Czech-out, Czech-off.
Denmark - Dexit, Dumpark, Donemark, Copenhatin'.
Estonia - Egresstonia, Eschewia, Extonia.
Finland - Fin-land, Helsinkhole, Finish.
France - Frexit, Fraurevoir, AdiEU, Oui out, Fruck-off.
Germany - Berlout, Deutschleave, Angeleave Merkel. 
Greece - Grexit.
Hungary - Full, Donegary. 
Ireland - Retireland, Dublout, Byerland, Irexit, Eirexit. 
Italy - Itexit, Italexit, Italight, Outaly, Quitaly.
Latvia - Leavia, Lat-me-out.
Lithuania - Lithawaynia.
Luxembourg - Luxdisembark, Luxgetouttahere. 
Malta - Malternative, Halta, Maltavista.
Netherlands - Nexit, Neverlands, Ditch.
Poland - Noland, Polskedaddle, Withdrarsaw, Pole-vault, Polend.
Portugal - Portugo, Departugal, Abortugal.
Romania - Roamania, Bucharrest, (also see, Remain-ia)
Slovakia - Forsakia, Slovacate. 
Slovenia - Govenia, Sleavenia. 
Spain - Spexit, Españope, Madriddance, Spalida.
Sweden - Swedesert, Sweparture, Swedone, Swexit. 

Calexit (the splitting of California)
Canadexit (people fleeing to Canada to escape Trump or Brexit)
Clexit (withdrawal from climate change agreements)
Kexit (Kurdistan's exit from Iraq)
Rexit (Rex Tillerson's departure from the State Department)
USA American Brexit (i.e. Donald Trump)
Waxit (Western Australia's exit from the Commonwealth of Australia)

Film, TV and Song Versions
(Credit for some of these goes to the wonderful Facebook Group, 'I'm sorry I haven't a clue appreciation society.')

Brexit is as Brexit does
My Big Fat Greek Brexit
No Sleep Till Brexit
Last Exit to Brexit
Seven Brides for Seven Brexits 
Truly, Madly, Brexit
Brexit Actually
Minority Brexit
The Neverending Brexit
I, Brexit
A Brexit Too Far
Brexit Day
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Brexit
The Seven Year Brexit
Crazy Little Thing Called Brexit
House of the Rising Brexit
Gone With the Brexit
Deep Brexit
Now That's What I Call Brexit!
Brexit at Tiffany's
No Brexit No Cry
Show Me The Way to Brexit
A Hard Day's Brexit
The Nightmare Before Brexit
Debbie Does Brexit
The Incredible Brexit
There Once Was an Ugly Brexit
Billion Dollar Brexit
You Got Brexit!
Brexit, Minister
1001 Things to do Before you Brexit
A Tale of Two Brexits (It was the best of Brexit, it was the worst of Brexit...)
Much Ado About Brexit
The Brexit Chronicles 
The Man From Brexit
Full Metal Brexit

00Brexit (see here for a piece discussing Bond, Brexit and Trump)

A View to a Brexit
Brexit and Let Brexit
Brexit Another Day
Brexit Never Dies
Licence to Brexit
The Brexit is Not Enough
You only Brexit twice
Dr Brexit


Brian Bilston's '57 varieties of Brexit'

Updated 19 April 2019.