Lexit

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Blend of left +‎ exit, after Brexit.

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Lexit

  1. (politics) A leftist exit from the European Union.
    • 2015 July 14, Owen Jones, “The left must put Britain's EU withdrawal on the agenda”, in The Guardian[1]:
      And that is why – if indeed much of the left decides on Lexit – it must run its own separate campaign and try and win ownership of the issue.
    • 2015 October 5, Mark Leonard, “What would a UK outside the EU look like?”, in The Guardian[2]:
      Others on the left call for a populist campaign for a “Lexit” – a leftwing exit from the EU.
    • 2016 June 22, Ewa Jasiewicz, “Why I’m in: Pushing for Lexit won’t help migrants or the working class”, in The Independent[3]:
      There is a push from the left in the UK for a ‘Lexit’ – a move away from the neo-liberal EU which stomped on an anti-austerity peoples’ movement in Greece and failed to respond to the refugee crisis.
    • 2016 September 5, Yanis Varoufakis, “Europe’s Left after Brexit”, in Jacobin[4]:
      Exasperated by the EU’s mixture of authoritarianism and economic failure, a segment of Europe’s left is now calling for a “break with the EU,” which would mobilize left-wing support for exit referenda across the continent. Their analysis has come to be known simply as “Lexit.”
    • 2019 February 1, Clive Heemskerk, “Lexit is not enough”, in Socialism Today[5]:
      Popular Unity contested the general election that followed in September on a programme for a left exit – Lexit – from the euro but, falling 7,600 votes short of the 3% threshold to win representation, ended up with no seats.

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