The United Kingdom voted to leave the EU in a historic vote on June 23 and there’s a lot being said and predicted about the possible British withdrawal from the European Union, more commonly referred to as a “Brexit.”
But if you’re an American who is looking for an easier explanation of the fiasco, then there’s only one person who can get you through, and that’s John Oliver.
The British host of HBO’s "Last Week Tonight" began his show with a scathing takedown of Britain’s EU referendum.
Oliver blasted two main campaigners of the Leave campaign, namely Nigel Farage, the leader of the far-right U.K. Independence Party, and Boris Johnson, the former London mayor, both of whom referred to June 23 as U.K.’s "independence day."
“First, Britain was already independent. In fact, it’s what many other countries celebrate their independence from,” said a visibly irritated Oliver. “And second, the sequel to the movie they’re quoting actually opened this week and features the wholesale destruction of London — which is beginning to feel pretty f—ing appropriate now.”
The host didn’t spare British Prime Minister David Cameron, who came up with the idea of the vote in 2013, and will resign in the wake of its result.
“Before you have any sympathy for David Cameron,” the comedian added, “you should know that this whole vote was his idea in the first place. Yes, Cameron proposed the ‘in’ or ‘out’ choice himself, which he normally only does when he’s deciding to f**k a pig’s mouth.”
Oliver then summed up the weeks of controversy behind Brexit in less than 30 words:
“A pigf**ker called for a vote, a bus had some bullshit written on it, and then two idiots named Nigel and Boris quoted President Bill Pullman.”
After the vote, it was reported that an overwhelming majority of Britons were Googling “What is the EU?,” which basically means that they voted for something they didn’t have the most basic idea about.
Toward the end of his rant, Oliver trained his wrath on British voters for their stunning lack of awareness about the referendum. He warned U.S. voter to avoid making the same mistake with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in November’s election.
“And you might think, well, that is not going to happen to us in America,” Oliver exclaimed. “We’re not going to listen to some ridiculously haired buffoon peddling lies and nativism in the hopes of riding a protest vote into power, well let Britain tell you, it can happen, and when it does, there are no f***king do-overs.”