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The Tartan Shortbread Institute of Scotology has been busy peering in to the future of the UK England to determine if there actually is any future for any of us now. There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that the Institute has secured EU funding from the Social Cohesion Fund. The bad news – well we’ve found ourselves locked up on a small island with a bunch of racists lead by the Chuckle Brothers. To pass the time until our taxi arrives to take us back to Europe here are 25 True Facts about Life After Brexit


  1. A radical change in education policy will be the first act of the new UK government. History, Economics and Science will be removed from the curriculum and replaced with Casual Racism and C’mon Engerland Studies.

  2. The Queen will abdicate and then be deported. Britain will become a republic. There doesn’t appear to be any other way to get round the fact that our Royal Family are unwelcome EU economic migrants who moved here from Germany and Greece to build a better life for themselves and their children.

  3. After stemming a massive run on the banks by personally standing in the streets of Newcastle handing out five euro notes Mark Carney will be given a knighthood for his services to not fucking things up any more than they already are. He won’t be able to accept the knighthood, because he’s Canadian and not a UK citizen.

  4. With the UK leaving the EU the European Union has lost the fifth largest economy in the world and will have to rely on the Germans to run everything and make everything. The Germans seem remarkably unconcerned by this onerous responsibility.

  5. After losing the Labour leadership election to an empty sack of potatoes dressed in a kimono and lightly garnished with gladioli Jeremy Corbyn will become our lead exit negotiator with the EU Commission. Wearing only a heliotrope smoking jacket he will be tasked with negotiating the terms of the UK's exit from the EU. He will bring a touch of vigour and enterprise to the EU that has been sadly missing of late. By the end of the negotiations Pimlico will be a Workers Revolutionary Paradise and the rest of London will belong to Donald Trump.

  6. Wiff Waff is coming home. It's being carried home by about a million ex-pat Brits from Spain. They have exactly the keen reflexes and go get 'em attitude we need to make ourselves the Wiff Waff capital of the Commonwealth.

  7. The Commonwealth will vote to expel us. No reason, well, no reason other than the fact that we’ve destroyed our own economy so are of no value to them and have just revealed ourselves to still be massively racist dicks. Also, without the Queen we no longer have anyone interesting to send on visits when the governments of Commonwealth nations want to distract their own population from corruption scandals or their own economic woes. Now they don’t have to. Instead they can just point at England, the world’s sixth largest economy and laugh.

  8. The new Prime Minister of the UK will be hand picked by the 1922 Committee from amongst the brightest and best Old Etonions not currently too busy running daddy’s hedge fund or in prison for illegal arms trading. If you are lucky it will Teresa May.

  9. You are shit out of luck. The new Prime Minister of the UK will be Boris Johnson. Unlike Mario Cuomo who campaigned in poetry and governed in prose Johnson will campaign in Latin and govern in incoherent, self-serving gibberish but still, never mind, there’s always the Wiff Waff. And the casual racism. Oh and the UK will still be the world’s seventh largest economy.

  10. The south of England can ignore global warming and the risk of droughts. Hose pipe bans will be a thing of the past. The roses of Kent will be watered by the bitter, bitter tears of EU citizens who are going to be sent back to where they come from. NB this does not apply to Boris Johnson who is an American of Turkish descent or Nigel Farage’s German wife.

  11. Scotland will leave. We will take our Wiff Waff paddles with us.

  12. People worried about the fragile peace in Northern Ireland will thank a catholic God that the IRA are reasonable people.

  13. A moment of national contemplation and celebration will occur giving thanks that this whole sordid affair has passed off without a shot being fired. Well, except for the ones that murdered Jo Cox. A bit like immigrants you personally like, those bullets don’t count.

  14. Port Talbot steel works will close but the Welsh will still be able to make a living doing whatever it is they do in the 21stcentury’s eighth largest economy.

  15. No one will point and laugh at us during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This is largely due to the fact that Brasil has problems of its own with a massive scary plague, inept and corrupt politicians, a tanking economy and uneasy relationship with a colonial past. Birds of a feather.

  16. Pairing off against Jeremy Corbyn and Michael Gove in the Brexit negotiations will be newly appointed EU Commissioner Alex Salmond.  Only kidding. We’re sending Billy Connolly – you boys look like you need cheering up and we have to respect that the EU is negotiating with the world’s ninth largest economy. Negotiations will drag on for years as Connolly attempts but fails to finish an anecdote about a Glaswegian shepherd wrestling a fish supper in his wellies.

  17. London will demand a devolution settlement on a par with Scotland but with full fiscal autonomy. That’s full fiscal autonomy for the rest of England. The bits with no jobs or money. New Premier Sadiq Kahn will cancel fiscal transfers and solidarity payments to the North of England on the grounds that most of the money is made by EU citizens and they don’t see why it should be spent on schools and hospitals in a foreign country.

  18. Round about the time that Scotland and Northern Ireland leave the UK the former Great Britain will realise that the Great in Great Britain refers to its size relative to Brittany when both of those areas were part of the Angevian Empire and just because you call something “great” doesn’t make it actually great unless by “great” you mean xenophobic, myopic and destitute.

  19. In 2019, just ahead of the next English General Election, from out of the sack of potatoes occupying the Opposition dispatch box will emerge Gordon Brown, the King over the Water, who will lead the Labour to a stunning election victory just in time to be served with a repossession notice by the French. They would like Hastings back.

  20. Douglas Carswell will defect to Plaid Cymru.

  21. The main economic activity of the rump of the UK will be betting on how long the recession will last. This will sustain the UK as the twelfth largest economy in the world.

  22. Bob Geldolf will organise a fund raising concert on a barge in the Thames for impoverished Mackums. No one will go.

  23. The third runway at Heathrow will finally go ahead. At long last someone will find a use for all those sodding Wiff Waff paddles. They can be used to guide the private jets of Russian Mafioso to their personal tax free terminal building. The Pret a Manger in Terminal Five will overtake the UK to become the world’s seventeenth largest economy.

  24. Freed of costly regulations like workers’ rights, paid holiday and health and safety legislation the working classes of the North will enjoy a cultural renaissance where they rediscover the whole point of class solidarity, internationalism and organised labour. Paul Mason will martyr himself with a searing blog about international capitalism or something. The General Strike of 2026 will bring the world’s 47thlargest economy to its knees.

  25. England will be knocked out of the 2022 World Cup at the semi-final stage by Germany on penalties. An embarrassed Angela Merkell will be heard to mutter “You really can’t help some people can you?”



























Date: 2016-06-24 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] widgetfox.livejournal.com
I'm afraid I'd almost certainly vote for him if he campaigned in Latin.

Date: 2016-06-24 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danieldwilliam.livejournal.com

There's always one.


Or in this case 17 million.

Date: 2016-06-24 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] widgetfox.livejournal.com
Since anti-intellectualism appears to have been one of the dominant discourses of the election, I suspect that people have different decision-making grounds from mine.

Date: 2016-06-26 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] f4f3.livejournal.com
Voting for Boris because of his intellect would be like voting for Trump because of his fondness for marrying non-Americans..

Date: 2016-06-27 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] widgetfox.livejournal.com
I think I am being very stupid here and can't quite work through this, but fortunately I am not a member of the Conservative Party and would not be able to vote for Boris even if he were to campaign in Latin.

Date: 2016-06-27 08:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danieldwilliam.livejournal.com
You can join for £25 and your immortal soul.

Date: 2016-06-27 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] widgetfox.livejournal.com
£25 is worth less than it used to be.

Date: 2016-06-27 08:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danieldwilliam.livejournal.com
Not the pound here in Britain, in your pocket.

Currently about 10% less than it used to be.

And falling.

Which makes the inflation figures for next quarter exciting.

Honestly, if I wasn't living here with 60 million other actual human beings this would be hilarious.

Date: 2016-06-27 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] widgetfox.livejournal.com
Raging inflation! Finally! We've waited so long.

Date: 2016-06-27 09:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danieldwilliam.livejournal.com
Inflation has been the dog that didn't bark.

Date: 2016-06-27 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] f4f3.livejournal.com
I know, that comment just got away from me after I'd deleted "as much sense as voting for Hitler because he was a vegetarian." It was late, and I was tired.

In my limited defence, though, I was thinking of Boris' campaign in the upcoming General Election.

Date: 2016-06-27 09:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] widgetfox.livejournal.com
I inferred the general sense to be "voting for Boris would be a nutty thing to do" and I think that's right. It's not likely ever to happen. (If he campaigns in Latin then I'll vote for him but no-one else will, so I don't think he's going to go for that strategy.)

Date: 2016-06-27 09:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danieldwilliam.livejournal.com
Any competent opposition would have a field day if Boris was anywhere near the Tory general election campaign (Mark 1 - the one before Christmas and probably Mark 2 - the one in 2020 after 4 years of the pound being worth less than the Zimbabwian Loo Roll or the Bristol Denarius.

Any competent opposition.

Any competent opposition at all.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

Date: 2016-06-27 08:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danieldwilliam.livejournal.com
He's the anti-intellectuals' intellectual.

Date: 2016-06-27 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] f4f3.livejournal.com
I think you're overthinking.

Date: 2016-06-27 09:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] widgetfox.livejournal.com
Next thing you know, he'll be making a plan.

Date: 2016-06-27 09:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] f4f3.livejournal.com
Plans are for Number 10, apparently.

Ah, but his plan IS for Number 10..

Date: 2016-06-27 09:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danieldwilliam.livejournal.com
If he's looking for a plan I've got a canal I can sell him.

Who are these people and why do we let them run our country?

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