John Oliver made a compelling argument in support of Great Britain’s role in the European Union on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight. Britain will vote this week on whether or not to leave the EU, and Oliver had some strong words in favor of staying. “A Brexit—or British Exit—could have wide-ranging implications both for the UK and the world’s economy,” said Oliver.
The Union of 28 countries “is not perfect: it’s large, confounding, and relentlessly bureaucratic. Think of it like Gerard Depardieu: it’s an unwieldy European body that’s a source of great bewilderment. But Britain leaving it would be a huge destabilizing decision, so we would expect the Brexit camp to have some pretty solid arguments. Unfortunately, many of them are bullshit,” Oliver claimed, before giving a rundown on a few poor arguments for leaving.
Many countries and leaders oppose the Brexit, including President Obama, China, Japan, India, and the EU itself. Groups like the British Treasury, Bank of England, and IMF, among others, also oppose leaving.
“If leaving is so universally seen as a bad idea, then who the f—k is in favor of it?” asks Oliver.
Here John Oliver introduces America to UK Independent Party (UKIP), the hyper-nationalist, xenophobic, bigoted party of far right-wing politicians led by Nigel Farage. Imagine Trump supporters with English accents.
“UKIP argued that a Brexit would enable the UK to significantly reduce immigration, preventing both EU citizens from taking British jobs and non-EU citizens from sneaking in to commit terror attacks.” said Oliver. “It is hard for me to overstate to you how poisonous things have become in England. Just this week, MP Jo Cox was killed in the street, and the man charged for it gave his name in court as, ‘Death to traitors, freedom for Britain.’ And in that cauldron, people are being asked to make a major political decision.”
Oliver then explained that the Brexit will hardly change in the way UKIP thinks it will, because England will still have to deal with EU regulations for trade. To argue that staying in the Union will only benefit Great Britain, despite how much the British hate Europeans, Oliver presents a song to England. Watch the clip to see what the new song of his people.
And see Seth Meyers’ thoughts on Brexit here.