John Oliver reacted to Brexit on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight a week after he unsuccessfully advised the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union. He then used the referendum as a lesson to Americans about the dangers of a Donald Trump presidency.
After voters in Britain decided to leave the EU, stocks plummeted and many ‘Leave’ supporters began to second guess their own vote. Now that it’s done, the process of leaving will be hell.
“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 explained. “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.”
After mocking Leave proponent Nigel Farage, Oliver went on to compare both Boris and Nigel to Trump, as all three politicians exhibit nationalist sentiment. After the Brexit vote, Trump compared the decision to his campaign to take back America.
“He found a way to make this whole thing about himself,” Oliver said. “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—king do-overs.”