Brexit By Alphabet


These are some key words to do with Brexit from A-Z. There is a short explanation for every word.

A is for Article 50...

Article 50 is the agreement made by, a large collection of countries within the EU. Any country can choose to leave the EU, and that's what we decided to do. Theresa May has 'triggered' Article 50 so as a reesult the UK is officialy going to leave the EU. May had two years to look for a deal. So, if MPs agree with the deal we get to leave.

B is for Britain...

Britain is the country that decided to leave the EU. It consists of Scotland, Wales and England. It is an archipelago (which is a chain islands) called the British Isles.

C is for Cameron...

David Cameron was the prime minister before Theresa May. The referendum on wether to stay or leave the EU was put on his manifesto, that's why we had to do it. Cameron wasn't expecting for the outcome to be leave so as a result he resigned. I think he did this because he had everything planned out. Like a child planning their birthday party two months early.

D is for DUP...

DUP and The Conservatives are in a coaltion. This means that there one party doesn't get enough seats in parliament. So, they have to colaberate with another party to get the majority and not the minority. DUP stands for The Democratic Unionist Party. It was founded by Ian Paisley and it has been a party for 37 years. It is situated in Northern Ireland.

E is for Economy...

This is when people make things, sell things and trade things. If we leave the EU then we may be restricted to good deals and trade partners. Therefore we may not be ables to get some of the things we have here. Such as Bananas.

F is for Future...

Lots of people have questions for the future: Will I have to renew my passport early, will taxes go up and what will happen to my busines?

G is for General election...

A general election is when the public vote for a new prime minister. Theresa May was voted to be PM through a general election; however, before that, only parliament voted. Therefor, the public was very disappointed with this and demanded a general election.

H is for Hard Border...

The Irish border will become 'harder.' What this means is that people who live in Ireland will find it harder to cross. For example if some children have to cross the border to get to school (which happens on a daily bases) it could take them longer to get to school.

I is for Immigration...

Immigration is when somebody comes from one country to another to live permanently there. After Brexit immigrants would find it harder to come over and live in the UK.

J is for Johnson...

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, better known as Boris Johnson, is a member of parliament for the UK. He wanted the UK to leave the EU and had said,"There will continue to be free trade and access to the single market." Many people are beginning to question this though.

K is for Know...

Did the UK really know the cosequences of Brexit? I don't think that they did owing to the fact that although the media can sometimes give you a lot of facts and tells you what's really going on, sometimes it doesn't. It's like when people in your school have elections for who gets to be student council. From personal experience I know, that when people do their campaign, they only talk about the good things that they know people would like. That's why we should always have a level of scepticism to everything we read things on the news.

L is for Leave...

Leaving the EU could mean a lot of things for the UK. It could mean that we won't be able to study abroad and ,as mentioned before, we might not be able to get some of the things that we get from other countries. A reason on why many people would have chosen to leave could be because the UK will be able to be independant and we wouldn't have to follow EU rules anymore. However, the things that people told others about leaving the EU were only promises and only time will tell us if they will get acted upon. Also, after the proccess of the Brexit the UK are hoping to be a able to make their own rules.

M is for March...

The UK was due to leave the EU on March the 29th 2019. However, that date has passed now and we are still in the EU. What's going on? Well, because the MPs haven't agreed with the deals that Theresa May has put forward, she had sent a letter to Donald Tusk asking to delay Brexit. So now we are due to leave the EU buy the end of June. Isn't this effecting the will of the people though? I think this because after the referendum we were told that the proccess would take two years. But obviously that is not the case, so at this point of time some people might actually be thinking," are we really going to leave the EU or is this all just one big lie?"

N is for No deal...

Would no deal mean the return of direct rule? This is what the BBC News have questioned. Direct rule is the same thing as direct democracy. This is when there are no votes involved: only the govenment decide. Korea is a direct democracy. Northern Ireland hasn't had a working government since 2017, so if the UK leaves with no deal we get to control them through direct democracy.

You can read more about it here:

If the UK does go forward with Brexit with no deal, it could mean that we would find it harder to do some things that we already do within the EU. So no deal effects everyone.

O is for Opportunities...

At the moment it seems as if our opportunities after Brexit seem small. However, we will be able to make our own rules and we will become an independant island.

P is for Politicians...

The politicians behind Brexit have been continuously rejecting May's deals. So recently May has decided that she will STEP DOWN if politicians don't back her deal. She seems desperate at the moment.

Q is for Questions...

This is similar to the letter F but I couldn't really think of anything else. As well as questions being asked in the future, there are also questions being asked in the present. Such as: Why can't there be a referendum to decide the deal? One of my questions are, will Theresa May really step down or is this just a threat?

R is for Referendum...

The vote for Brexit to happen was a referendum. This is similar to a general election but in a referendum you don't vote for PM. Some people are starting to want a referendum for the deal and a second referendum for Brexit all together.

S is for Suffer...

The UK will most definately suffer the consequenses of Brexit. Some of which include: the Irish Border; studying in different countries around the world and the number of trade partners we may have.

T is for Theresa May...

Theresa May is a key part of Brexit. There are many things that she has done to play her part in this on going negotiation. Mrs. May was elected to be our PM. Also, she has created comotion by saying that she will resign if MPs don't back her deal. Furthermore, she has flown all over the world (mainly Brussels though) finding a deal. She has had a sore throat during a meeting with MPs. And she sent the letter off to Tusk asking to extend Brexit. But there are many more and many more to come.

U is for Union...

This is short for European Union. It's a collection of countries -28 to be exact- which came together after WW2 to make sure that there wouldn't be another war like that in the future. Within the EU, the UK has multiple different trade partners and we have support through hardships.

V is for Value of Voting...

Voting is a British value so we should be able to do it during the proccess of Brexit, right? Yes and No. Some people may think yes because the population has gone up since when we had the referendum so we should give the new generation a chance. However, I don't think that this should happen because everyone has seen the negotiations of Brexit and they don't seem very promising. Also, if we voted again it would be as if we are going back in time and changing the past so that everything seems good in the future. However there is a weakness in my answer because when we have general elections we vote again for another PM after a few years. But there is a weakness in this as well because there are different candidates everytime there is a new general election; if we voted on Brexit again we would be voting on the same things. Im not saying that I don't agree with the British values though, so don't take this the wrong way please.

W is for Will of the people...

The will of the people was to leave the EU.

X is for Bre 'x' it...

I am aware that this is kind of cheating but I couldn't really think of anything else. Brexit is a shorter way of saying 'British exit.' It's the proccess of the UK leaving the EU and we voted for it in 2016.

Y is for Younger Generation...

Will the younger generation get taught about Brexit in the future? I think that they should because it's like how it's compulsary to learn RE. We learn RE so that there isn't another war, people don't become really offensive to others and so that we don't get another Hitler in our world. Because nobody wants that. So if we learn about Brexit in the future we won't have another big 'argument' like this one. However, others may not think this because they haven't experienced it first hand unlike us. So they may find it harder to understand.

Z is for Civili 'z' ation...

I cheated again, sorry. Will the UK still be civil after Brexit or will we separate after it? After Brexit some people may or may not but if they did it might be because they may still be angry with the decisions that were made. Hopefully not though.

There are 26 words in the order of the alphabet to do with Brexit. If you can find anything better for x and z, please let me know.

Comments (14)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
    01 Apr 2019

    This is a fantastic and informative post, well done! I have given you a start for your curiosity. It looks like you have done lots of research to tell the story of the referendum. Can anyone take up the challenge for X and Z?

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    1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
      Olivia @ Topical Talk's comment 01 Apr 2019

      Hi Olivia,
      Thanks for the star. I got one for X!

      X is for Xenophilia...
      What this means is that you like objects that aren't from where you are. For example someone might have xenophilia for kangaroo's which are from Australia.

      This links to Brexit because although the UK is leaving the EU we are still allowed to like certain things that are in Europe. However, if we don't get a deal we might not be allowed to enjoy some things.

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      1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
        balanced_singer's comment 02 Apr 2019

        I had a think.
        Although the UK will still have xenophilia for things like holidays in Europe and different kinds of food from Europe, the UK could also have xenophobia.
        Xenophobia is when you're afraid of foreigners (people from different countries). For example, someone might have a Spanish cousin and never invite them to their house in the UK because their too afraid of them. This is xenophobia.
        I thought that this could link with Brexit along with its antonym because Britain will be able to get more control over borders and Theresa May said: "that's what the UK voted for." So, the UK will be able to say who they don't want in the country. If this does happen I think it's downright silly. This is because the UK is known as a very 'polite country' but if we do something like this we aren't being very polite and we wouldn't be treating others equally. Furthermore, in 2007 many people from Europe, especially Poland though, immigrated to the UK. We had expected the rest of Europe to 'open up their borders' but they did not. This means that in the future we will be able to control how many people go in and out of the UK. This is good so then it means that we don't overpopulate like J

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        1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
          balanced_singer's comment 02 Apr 2019

          Can you explain what you mean when you say we expected "the rest of Europe to 'open up their borders' but they did not"?

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          1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
            Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 02 Apr 2019

            Hi Tiff : )
            What I was trying to say was that, although the EU is supposed to help us, they did not. So, we were letting vast amounts of polish and other European people in the country and we could have very well overpopulated if we weren’t carful (luckily we didn’t though.) The rest of Europe didn’t let them immigrate to their countries and therefore the UK had to struggle.
            What I don’t understand though is why they all started to come over all of a sudden? What was going on in the UK that was so good for them?

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            1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
              balanced_singer's comment 02 Apr 2019

              Hi balanced_singer, Thanks for replying!

              Can you find evidence of overpopulation from immigration?

              Poland joined the EU in 2004. Countries who were already in the EU at the time were given a few years before they had to allow open immigration to people from Poland. The UK chose to allow people to move to the UK straight away. Wages and standards of living were seen to be higher in the UK.

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              1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
                Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 02 Apr 2019

                Hi Tiff : )
                Hong Kong is one of the most overpopulated countries in the world. In 2018 it had a population of 7,428,887 and a population density of 7,075 per km squared. Hong Kong has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, with each women having at least 1 child. However, many people have decided to migrate to Hong Kong. Some reasons are...
                Multi-culture: People all over the world come to live in Hong Kong and they are very friendly when it comes to foreigners. Although the main nationality in Hong Kong is Chinese, many Indian people migrate there as well.
                Freedom: The law in Hong Kong largely focuses on human rights. People can live, study, work and explore the area. Citizens do not tolerate any rights being violated by the government. They have a raft of opportunities even though they are not a democracy.
                It's very modern: Hong Kong is one of the most developed countries in the world. They have skyscrapers, large shopping centers, and houses that are state of the art.

                P.S Thank you for answering my question. If the UK is such a small island, why did we let people come straight away?

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    2. Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
      Olivia @ Topical Talk's comment 03 Apr 2019

      For Z you could have done:
      Z is for Zombie Government. From my research, it says that Theresa May leads a government trapped between 2 factions. On one side there is the hard Brexiteers which was led by Jacob Rees-Mogg.
      you can see more on:

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg magical_fox | New Horizons Children's Academy
    01 Apr 2019

    I love how you have used facts that have occurred in the news and I love the idea of explaining what economy is. This is because I now know what the meaning is. So, well done.

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg energetic_rock | New Horizons Children's Academy
    01 Apr 2019

    For Z, I think that you could use Zero Sum Game. This is because when asked criticism that her Government is suffering from "muddled thinking" over Brexit, Theresa May insisted treating negotiations as a zero sum game, where one gains and also loses, is the wrong approach.

    May said: "It's wrong to look at this as just a binary issue as to either you have control of immigration or you have a good trade deal."

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2019

    Xenophobia - A fear of foreigners. I wish it wasn't true but unfortunately we have to acknowledge these uncomfortable truths about Brexit. Some of us might have seen some awful scenes or read articles on racial attacks on European migrants. Both content_lemon and fearless_wolverine have highlighted these negative sides of Brexit in their excellent posts. On the positive side, I do think Great Britain is mostly a very tolerant society and young people like us can make it more so.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      creative_sparrow's comment 02 Apr 2019

      How can young people make it more so?

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      1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
        Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 02 Apr 2019

        Hi Tiff,
        I generally do feel young people are more tolerant of one and another’s beliefs and accepting of other people because we are so exposed to such a diverse populace and our friendship groups reflect that. I think it would not necessarily be that way if other countries didn’t have such a large multicultural society. We have education on the LGBTQ community, and to be honest, we don’t really look at a person and think of their race as it doesn’t matter. Of course, I know people do, and immigration has tested people’s tolerance for others. However if young people were more tolerant of one and another, we may call out those that are not so and say it’s not a nice to discriminate others. So if the trend for young people to have a more liberal attitude and be tolerant for each other, then the society’s attitude will change too.

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
    02 Apr 2019

    I didn't finish my comment!
    This is good so that we don't overpopulate like Japan.
    So although the UK will still have xenophilia, they will be able to stop xenophobia.

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