This noun comes from the phrase “you can’t eat your cake and have it” sometimes switched as “you can’t have your cake and eat it (too)” that was illustrated in the Oxford English Dictionary by a 1709 quotation from Lord Shaftesbury: “As ridiculous as the way of children, who first eat their cake, and then cry for it… They shou’d be told, as children, that they can’t eat their cake, and have it.” In recent years this phrase has been much used to refer to the fact that certain people were expecting more than should be considered reasonable in the Brexit negotiations, fostering the term “cakeism” to describe this policy.
As explained by Collins Dictionaries: “The word milkshake has gained a whole new meaning as activists protest against controversial (usually pro-Brexit) public figures by throwing drinks over them.”
According to Full Fact, while around 95,000 EU nationals have emigrated from the UK in the year up to the referendum, 123,000 did in the year following it, and 145,000 – in the year to June 2018.
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