On Thursday, June 23, 2016, voters in the United Kingdom officially voted to leave the European Union, a decision that has been dubbed “Brexit,” or the “British Exit.”

With the exact terms of the nation’s departure still in the works, it is still very much a developing story, and we’ve collected an assortment of AP Stylebook terms to help you in your future reporting.

Brexit Can be written in a variety of ways in AP stories, including “the so-called Brexit,” “the ‘Brexit’ vote” and “Brexit” without qualifiers.

“remain” or “leave” Should be used in quotations when describing the two ways people voted: Those in favor of “leave,” the “leave” camp. Phrasing can vary.

United Kingdom Consists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

  • Great Britain (or Britain) consists of England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Ireland is independent of the U.K.
  • The abbreviation “U.K.” is acceptable as a noun or adjective. Use “UK” in headlines.

European Union “EU” (no periods)

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