I knew John Oliver was going to have plenty to say Sunday night in regards to the Brexit vote that will ultimately lead to Britain leaving the European Union — and I was not disappointed.
After running down how this vote is already hurting the British economy, Oliver took aim at the long-term (and very likely negative) impact this vote is going to have on the country.
“Basically, it seems like whoever the next U.K. prime minister is going to be, whether it’s Boris Johnson or a racist tea kettle, they are going to be in for a rough few years, because once they invoke what’s known as Article 50, they’ll have just two years to negotiate their withdrawal and future relationship with the EU,” Oliver said. “On top of which, they’ll have to settle outstanding bills with the EU, hammer out new trade bills with dozens of countries, sift through thousands of EU regulations and decide which ones to keep, and figure out how migration will work and all the while, lives hang in the balance.”
Oliver stated his belief that the EU is going to try to make an example out of Britain to discourage any of its other members from leaving. He also mocked the fact that Google searches from people trying to find out what Brexit actually meant for the country spiked just after the results were announced.
Then he set his sights on Donald Trump.
“Many people are equating Brexit, and what is going on in Great Britain, with what is happening in the U.S. People want their country back!,” Oliver quipped.
Oliver made fun of Trump’s ignorance when he told people in Scotland that “it was beautiful” that they had taken their country back, even though Scottish voters overwhelmingly voted against Brexit.
Oliver then issued a dire warning of which American voters should really take note.
“You might think, ‘Well that is not going to happen to us in America. 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*cking do-overs,” Oliver exclaimed.
And he’s absolutely right. We’re already seeing a fairly sizable push in Britain by people who are starting to realize (too late) what leaving the EU means, and are trying desperately to find a way to keep it from happening. It seems like quite a lot of folks got emotionally invested in being part of a trend that many of them really didn’t think through the repercussions of what leaving the EU would mean. Now that the vote happened and that trend is over, reality is setting in.
It’s similar to what could happen to this country as it relates to Donald Trump. Sure, while there are some out there who legitimately support him, there are also some who, while not exactly supportive of him, aren’t as terrified as they should be over a possible Trump presidency. If Donald Trump does happen to win in November, and we instantly have a “What the hell did we do?” moment like many are having in the U.K., as John Oliver said, there are no f*cking do-overs.
Watch the segment below via HBO: