Despite John Oliver‘s convincing, hilarious arguments, Britain voted last week to leave the EU – a move known around the world as “Brexit.” On the latest Last Week Tonight, the host switched to damage control, calling the United Kingdom “a place whose very name, after this week’s events, is beginning to sound a bit sarcastic.”
Noting the “swift and significant” Brexit fallout – tumbling stocks, a historically weak British pound and Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation – Oliver gazed into the nation’s uncertain future. The comedian placed much of the blame on pro-Brexit campaigners Nigel Farage, leader of the U.K. Independence Party and “three-time cover model for Punchable Face Magazine,” and Boris Johnson, “a shaved orangutan with Owen Wilson’s hair.”
Both politicians celebrated Brexit as Britain’s “Independence Day” – but as Oliver noted, “Britain was already independent. In fact, it’s what many other countries celebrate their independence from.”
Oliver noted that the Brexit aftermath will only get messier: Prominent figures in Northern Ireland and Scotland are campaigning for leaving the U.K. and re-joining the EU, while the EU is concerned that other nations will strategize their own exits. “Whoever the next U.K. prime minister is going to be,” Oliver said, “whether it’s Boris Johnson or a racist tea kettle, they’re going to be in for a rough few years.”Find out five things we learned from John Oliver.