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Modern Life:​ What is a Brexit tackle? By Richard Godwin

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A Brexit tackle is a tackle so emphatic that it takes an opponent out of the game – rather in the manner that a referendum might take a nation out of a customs union.

A Brexit tackle is a tackle so emphatic that it takes an opponent out of the game – rather in the manner that a referendum might take a nation out of a customs union. I learned the term while watching my nine-year-old son play football with his school team. ‘Brexit him!’ they would cry whenever an opponent went on a promising run. Sometimes, one of them would add, ‘Brexit means Brexit!’ And then fall about laughing. As you might imagine, this was initially a source of confusion among the middle-class Bristol parents – and I’m sure it will not shock you if I tell you that 100 per cent of us voted Remain. Had Farageism seeped undetected into the playground? Had one of their favourite YouTubers been slipping them Vote Leave propaganda beneath our noses? Eventually, one of them explained that they had learned the term at an out-of-school sports...


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