A brief glossary of Brexit
‘Brexit’ – formally departing the European single market.
‘Soft Brexit’ – formally departing the European single market.
‘Hard Brexit’ – formally departing the European single market, along with the customs union.
‘Shambolic Brexit’ – see ‘Brexit’.
‘Take back control’ – cede control of economic and social policy from a democratically accountable parliament to an unaccountable series of non-governmental organisations.
‘WTO’ – World Trade Organisation: oversees the global rules of trade between nations.
‘Tariff’ – a tax or duty, applied to goods which are imported or exported.
‘Referendum’ – a vote which presents the electorate with a binary choice of two ill-defined options.
‘Advisory referendum’ – a poorly-drafted bill.
‘Will of the people’ – the evenly split outcome of a public vote.
‘Only voted for by a minority of the overall public’ – voted for by a majority of the eligible electorate.
‘Constitution’ – the framework of law which British governments are beholden to.
‘Prosecco’ – a moderately priced wine imported from Italy.
‘Trade with the world’ – lose access to Britain’s primary export market.
‘Opinion poll’ – a device used by newspapers to reinforce their own political messages, by suggesting they enjoy wide-spread public support. Antonym: quantitative data/field research.
‘The elite’ – somebody who is educated beyond high-school level, and holds progressive political views.
‘Metropolitan elite’ – somebody who lives in a city, e.g. London.
‘Red-tape’ – employment protections and environmental safeguards.
‘Brussels’ – a) the capital of Belgium b) one site of the European Parliament.
‘Single market’ – an international economy, which facilitates free-trade between EU member-states.
‘Freedom of movement’ – the ability of EU citizens to move around other European Union member states as and when required by economic necessity.
‘EU citizen’ – person holding the nationality of a member state of the EU, such as Britain.
‘Migrant’ – a) somebody who works in a foreign country b) somebody who lives in a foreign country.
‘Health tourist’ – somebody from overseas who works in Britain, and requires medical treatment during their stay.
‘Article 50’ – the formal declaration for departing the European Union.
‘Accepting the outcome of the EU referendum, but opposing Article 50’ – refusing to accept the outcome of the EU referendum.
‘Customs union’ – a group of states which have made an agreement to charge the same import duties as each other; and are committed to free trade amongst themselves.
‘Open borders’ – a stretch of water which surrounds the British isles; primarily comprising the English channel, the North Sea, and the Atlantic ocean.
‘Uncontrolled borders’ – national borders which are subject to strict controls.
‘The establishment’ – either a) the major offices of state, such as Parliament or b) minor newspaper columnists who criticise conservative policies.
‘Patriotic duty’ – ignoring the interests of British people in favour of enhancing the profit-margins of multinational corporations.
‘Diversity’ – people from different ethnic groups, who live and work in the same environs.
‘Traitor’ – a) somebody who puts the freedom and prosperity of the general public before the profit-margins of select business interests b) somebody who is opposed to white supremacism.
‘Breaking point’ – an unwillingness to provide temporary accommodation to a small number of refugees, who have fled warzones created in large part by Britain’s government.
‘£350 million’ – a sum of money promised, variously, to the National Health Service, scientific research, and agriculture.
‘Aspirational pledge’ – a false promise.
‘Democratic will of the people’ – the expedient outcome of a vote.
‘Betrayal of the people’ – the inexpedient outcome of a vote.
‘Won’ – the side of a campaign which successfully misled the greatest number of people.
‘Supreme court’ – final court of appeal in civil cases throughout the UK, and criminal cases throughout Britain.
‘Project Fear’ – forewarnings of future financial problems, issued by economists prior to a vote of national significance.
‘Market’ – area of commerce.
‘Market forces’ – governments paying private companies to manage public services, such as hospitals and train networks.
‘Private finance initiatives’ – governments using public finance to compensate for the inept management of public services by private companies.
‘Bespoke deal’ – an economically impossible trade agreement, which would favour Britain to the detriment of all other EU countries.
‘Transitional arrangement’ – a situation whereby each EU state loses access to one market, while Britain loses access to twenty seven markets.
‘Economic hit’ – wholesale departure of foreign investment from Britain; consequently generating mass unemployment.
‘Men of the people’ – lobbyists for private venture capital firms, elected to a parliament.
‘Authentic working class voice’ – somebody who espouses chauvinistic viewpoints.
‘Islington radical’ – a social democratic politician who represents one of the poorest boroughs in Britain.
‘Expert’ – somebody who possesses accredited knowledge of a complex subject.
‘Forced by Europe’ – opting to undertake a damaging and fruitless exercise, of your own volition, against all advice to the contrary.