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RINO (Republican in name only) – noun

BINO (Brexit or Brexiteer in name only) – noun

RINOs have existed as long as the Republican Party itself, just under different names.

The idea that I'm the establishment, that I'm some RINO, is just laughable.

If BINO is the final destination, this should in an ideal world give Remainers a very strong weapon.

No leader could keep a cap on boiling Brextremists, Binos ('Brexit in name only') and stay-ins.


Politics is a fertile generator of neologisms, especially in politically turbulent times. The term RINO, used to disparage a Republican who is regarded as insufficiently conservative in their views, has been around since the 1990s, although the agreed boundaries of what constitutes sufficient levels of conservatism vary as the party's policies and positions change.


Now there's a new acronym on the block, spawned - you guessed it - by the fevered debate around Brexit. BINO popped up early last year to describe the situation that all true Brexiters fear: an exit from the EU so gradual and so limited - 'soft' in the current jargon - that it is hardly a Brexit at all. These true believers in Brexit would rather the UK exited the EU with no trade or customs deal at all than make any concessions on issues such as freedom of movement or the continued jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice after the March 2019 deadline.




The phrase Republican in name only had been used for many decades when a journalist on the New Hampshire Union Leader first used the much snappier acronym RINO in 1992. The term was adopted enthusiastically by Republicans keen to keep their elected representatives in line. For some reason Democrats who are insufficiently liberal are not generally referred to as DINOs, although the term is used.


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