What is Brino?

This refers to a ‘Brexit in name only’, implying that the UK leaves the EU in legal terms but remains extremely close to membership in practical terms. The phrase was coined by Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. In an interview with the Independent in January 2018, he declared: ‘If everything is delayed for two years and then there’s high alignment you will find that by 2022 no one will have noticed any difference from having left. Then what will be the point of voting for the party that’s implemented it. I’m against ‘Brino’.’

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