John Oliver has never been shy about voicing his opinion, and there’s no greater proof of that than in his latest rant on his HBO hit series, Late Night with John Oliver, wherein he proves that the Brexit crisis is not over, but rather, is just beginning.
Brexit Crisis: John Oliver Speaks
Oliver, whose show has just returned for the new fall season, has never shied away from his opinion of the Brexit crisis. The Birmingham, England, native has made his distaste for the major players of the Brexit crisis — namely, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage — public since the first rumblings of the U.K.’s proposed exit from the European Union began to sound. And, as Bustle tells us, he came back to savage Boris Johnson after it was announced that the divisive former London mayor — and leader of the Brexit crisis — will actually be serving as the country’s foreign secretary following David Cameron’s resignation.
Showing remarkable restraint — all things considered — Oliver laced into Britain’s choice of Johnson, mentioning that he was a bad choice for foreign secretary “because, to put it mildly, he’s said a lot of dumb things.” He then went on to explain that Johnson is even dangerous to the relationship that Britain has with the United States, thanks to the outlandish claims he’s made about President Barack Obama (that, due to his African-born father, he has an “ancestral dislike” for the U.K.) and Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (whom he called a “sadistic nurse in a mental hospital”). “What better symbol of centuries of British foreign policy than a foppish buffoon stampeding his way around the world, knocking things over, falling flat on his face, and refusing to apologize?” quipped Oliver.
Meanwhile, according to NPR, there’s a different kind of problem facing Britain in the wake of the Brexit crisis: a housing shortage. The combination of an influx of European immigrants — the bane of Farage & Johnson’s existences — and an already-tense housing market has significantly driven the prices of houses up to the point of complete unaffordability (a pain, mind you, felt by many Americans). And while it may seem like “common sense” for more houses to simply be put up to accommodate this growing population, the issue is two-fold: London’s “green belt” strictly prohibits the over-development of land (similar to how American national parks are protected by the Federal government), and regional districts are often hesitant to approve new housing developments. According to NPR‘s report, the U.K. needs more than 2 million houses per year to accommodate the influx of people, and builds only about half of that — and because of the Brexit crisis, the supplies and workers provided by the European Union to Britain will no longer be provided, so the housing crisis will only get worse.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) July 23, 2016
Perhaps realizing that they made a huge mistake with the Brexit crisis, the Guardian is reporting that the U.K. has petitioned various European capitals for an exemption from the EU freedom of movement rules. This proviso, if passed, will allow Britain to stem the tide of the European wave of migration, while also allowing for trade provisions for the U.K. to freely trade with the rest of the European Union. However, the U.K. must still contribute to the EU’s budget for trade if this proviso is passed — which is a complete 180-degree turn from the promises made by Johnson & Farage throughout the initial Brexit campaign. Prior to their proposal becoming the Brexit crisis, Johnson & Farage promised that if the U.K. pulled out of the EU, they would be saving millions of pounds, which could then be invested back into the National Health Service (the British equivalent of Medicaid & Obamacare). Now, however, the Brexit crisis is proving that Johnson & Farage — much like their American analog, Donald Trump — ran on a platform of bloviating and xenophobia, with no substance to back it up.
Looks like John Oliver was right about the Brexit crisis after all.
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