n. The exit of Great Britain from the European Union.
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But what would "Brexit" — a British exit from the 28-nation EU — look like? Eurosceptics argue that withdrawal would reverse immigration, save the taxpayer billions and free Britain from an economic burden. Europhiles counter that it would lead to deep economic uncertainty and cost thousands, possibly even millions, of jobs.
—Katie Allen, et al., “Brexit — what would happen if Britain left the EU?,” The Guardian (London), May 14, 2015
"Brexit" would pose a grave threat to the UK car industry and the City of London, and cause foreign investment to dry up, a report for the Centre for European Reform (CER) stated.
—Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, “Wise Men warn on dangerous delusions of Brexit,” The Telegraph (London), June 09, 2014
The Brexit Prize, referring to talk about a British exit, or "Brexit", from the EU, asks entrants to imagine that a referendum has resulted in an "Out" vote and the Government has triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
—Kunal Dutta, “Brexit blueprint could win author €100,000,” The Independent (London), July 16, 2013
But as the Olympics head to the close, the possibility of a British exit from the European Union — or a 'Brexit' — is getting a serious airing in London financial circles.
—Douglas Fraser, “The Great British Brexit,” BBC News, August 10, 2012
2012 (earliest)
Yet the chances of Britain leaving the EU in the next few years are higher than they have ever been. A Brixit looms for several reasons.
—Bagehot, “A Brixit looms,” The Economist, June 21, 2012
A Word Spy "ta" goes out to Kerry Maxwell for digging up the earliest citation.
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