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Blend of regret +‎ Brexit, said to have been coined on 24 June 2016 by one Carl Gardner in a Twitter post (see quotations) following the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum on 23 June 2016.


Regrexit (uncountable)

  1. (UK politics) A feeling of regret about Brexit taking place, or about having voted for it. [from 24 June 2016.]
    • 2016 June 24, Carl Gardner (@carlgardner), Twitter[1], archived from the original on 2 November 2016:
      Labour has one chance now. To emerge within weeks as Britain's centrist "Regrexit Unionist" party. If it did that, even I might forgive it.
    • 2016 June 24, Jonathan Freedland, “For the 48%, this was a day of despair: Soon we will become little Britain. The signs of Regrexit are cold comfort for those of us who voted to remain.”, in The Guardian[2], London, archived from the original on 13 September 2016, subtitle:
      There are leave voters who confessed to reporters that they never thought their side would actually win, that their vote had only ever been intended as a protest, presumed to be safe because surely everyone else would vote the other way. [] A Twitter user came up with a new coinage for this rapid form of buyer's remorse: Regrexit. [] When some of those leave voters see that Brexit has not brought back the good jobs of old, that housing is still in desperately short supply and that a migrant family still lives round the corner, the Regrexit sentiment will grow.
    • 2016 June 26, Abhidevananda <>, “Re: Brexit”, in uk.philosophy.humanism[3] (Usenet), message-ID <t9ybz.34812$LR2.4319@fx26.fr7>:
      From reports, the UK is moving rapidly from Brexit to Regrexit.
    • 2016 June 27, Adam Taylor, “Bregret? Regrexit? Don't bet on it.”, in The Washington Post[4], archived from the original on 6 October 2016:
      In the spirit of Brexit, these attitudes even have their own media-friendly nickname: Bregret or Regrexit.
    • 2016 June 29, Anna Wallis, “Brexit lessons here”, in Wanganui Chronicle[5]:
      There were many reasons for the Leave vote, and Regrexit is now gaining momentum.
    • 2017, Markus M.L. Crepaz, European Democracies[6], Routledge, →ISBN:
      Within a few days, petitions to re-do the vote emerged with more than four million signatures, known as 'Regrexit.'
    • 2018, Victor O. Okocha, Leadership and Development Crises in Africa: A New Approach to an Old Challenge[7], Dorrance Publishing, →ISBN, page 234:
      There's a chance, especially with the 'Regrexit' sentiment surfacing, that the U.K. will still be part of the EU in two years.

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