On March 14, 2019, in response to the uncertainty in the air surrounding whether Britain would actually kick off Brexit and officially break away from the European Union, someone created a Financial Times gag headline that serves as a rather biting commentary on our time.
Today, on April Fool’s Day, it’s resurfaced, thanks to country risk analyst Alex Kokcharov.
This is brilliant: pic.twitter.com/7PSWu1MaLx
— Alex Kokcharov (@AlexKokcharov) April 1, 2019
“This is brilliant,” he wrote, and others concurred.
A nation that has comprehensively shown itself to be May's Fools has no time for April Fools?
— Warren Terra (@warren__terra) April 1, 2019
Best front page ever!!
— Nuno Vaz 🇵🇹 (@chocosaalgarvia) April 1, 2019
And, close to fact. I have noticed that the era of the gag headline is dead as a beef.
— Moses M. Bates, Esq. (@MosesBates) April 1, 2019
April Fool’s Day to be made permanent because of the current reality.
— Stephen Davis (@srdavis1941) April 1, 2019
Definitely pertains here.
— shane crompton (@shanecrompton) April 1, 2019
This is the actual headline from March 14.
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) March 13, 2019
The resurfaced headline comes as British MPs are voting on four Brexit alternatives in a bid to end the political deadlock. The United Kingdom is currently set to drop out of the EU in ten days’ time unless lawmakers reach a deal on the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU.
Downing Street announced that Prime Minister Theresa May still believes that a snap election is not in the national interest, but according to a top minister who spoke to The Independent, it’s not quite that simple.
“Nobody actually wants an election. No one,” he said. “But the real issue for many MPs in my party who still oppose the prime minister’s deal is that now is the time that they are going to have to decide – do they want Brexit to happen or not?”