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The Brexicon: A Dictionary of Brexit

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.

This dictionary first appeared on my old blog. The original can be found here

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. 




101 Brexits

Amazing technicolour dreambrexit

B-Day (the day Brexit is scheduled to happen, 29 March 2019)

BINO (Brexit In Name Only)

Bloody Brexit


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

Brexit through the gift shop

Brexit wound

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)

Cliff Edge Brexit

Continental Brexit

Creme Brulee Brexit (hard Brexit on the surface but inside it's a soft Brexit)

Dirty Brexit

Dogs Brexit

Elastic Brexit

Elexit (the 2017 UK General Election)

Fifty shades of Brexit (and Article 50 Shades of Brexit)

Full English Brexit

Hard Brexit

Hard Brexxxit (a political porn parody)

Harsh Brexit

HMS Brexit 




Liberté, égalité, Brexité

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)

Rainbow Brexit

Red, white and blue Brexit


Re-Leavers (Remain voters who have changed their support to Leave)


Remain-ia (also see, Romania) 







Rexit (dogs exiting Crufts)

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 - AuxitOutstria, 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

Brexit is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get

Brexit Island

Brexit Without a Cause 

Everything you wanted to know about Brexit, but were afraid to ask


My Big Fat Greek Brexit

No Sleep Till Brexit

Last Exit to Brexit

Seven Brides for Seven Brexits 

The Good the Bad and the Brexit

Truly, Madly, Brexit

Brexit Actually

Brexit through the looking glass

Minority Brexit

The Neverending Brexit

2016: A Brexit Odyssey 

I, Brexit

A Brexit Too Far

Brexit Day

Never Gonna Give You Brexit

Inglorious Brexit

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Brexit

The Seven Year Brexit

Crazy Little Thing Called Brexit

House of the Rising Brexit

Carry On 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

Magical Mystery Brexit

The Nightmare Before Brexit

Debbie Does Brexit

The Incredible Brexit

There Once Was an Ugly Brexit

Billion Dollar Brexit

Monty Python's The Meaning Of Brexit

The Hitchhikers Guide to Brexit

You Got Brexit!

Brexit, Minister

The Brexit Show

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 

No Brexit Please, We're British

Brexit Recall

Waiting for Brexit

The Man From Brexit

Full Metal Brexit

Dr Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Brexit 


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


A View to a Brexit

A Spectre of Brexit.

Brexit and Let Brexit

Brexit Another Day

Brexit is Forever

Brexit Never Dies

From Brexit with Love

Leave and Let Die

Licence to Brexit

Quantum of Brexit

The Brexit is Not Enough

You only Brexit twice

Dr Brexit


Brian Bilston's '57 varieties of Brexit'

Updated: 11 February 2020

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