After months of campaigning, Thursday will see the EU ‘in/out’ referendum take place in the UK. NME readers have backed a remain vote, but the polls are close. In his latest segment for Last Week Tonight, John Oliver backs the remain vote with a series of increasingly brilliant observations about the Leave campaign.
First he examines Boris Johnson’s (debunked) claim that the UK sends £350,000,000 per week to the EU. Then he looks at the pro-Brexit movie, Brexit: The Movie, finding in one silly example (the number of EU laws about pillows) the kind of misinformed number-inflating you might expect in plagiarised piece of GCSE coursework.
Then Oliver turns to the Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove’s ridiculous claim that “people in this country have had enough of experts” when shown the number of experts on the Remain side. Then he flashes up the posters from UKIP showing lines of refugees subtitled “breaking point”. Oliver puts it simply: “It is hard for me to overstate to you how poisonous things have become in England”. He goes on to discuss the tragic murder of Jo Cox last Thursday – an event which took the “momentum” out of the campaign, UKIP leader Nigel Farage actually said on Sunday.
Take a look at Oliver’s impassioned – and funny – speech below:
Your move, Boris.