The Brexit Lexicon

A special edition publication of The Brexit Lexicon work was created to mark Brexit Day, 31 January 2020, when the the UK’s membership of the European Union officially ended.

The lexicon was created through a kind of ‘fieldwork’, by collating newsprint from British media organisations, newspapers, campaign websites, Facebook pages, and official documents issued by the British Government and European Union. Over the course of four years (2016-2020), notable headlines and terminology that has been used to describe the Brexit progress were gathered together to form a database containing over five thousand individual words.

The design mimics the format of a TV teleprompter where the pages of the book concertina out to produce one continuous list of words, unfolding to nearly 18 metres long.