As 11pm on 31 January 2020 finally came, and Britain left the EU after three years of rancorous debate, amid celebrations by thousands of people happy to finally get Brexit done, there were predictions of a cold front across Scotland and London, and even a few inches of snow, as LibDem and SNP snowflakes started to descend on the capital and in Edinburgh.
Sky News reporter Beth Rigby pointed out that a minority of the country had voted to remain in the EU and that a minority of the British electorate had not voted for Boris Johnson. Other reporters insisted that Britain will never get a deal with EU by the end of the year, and that the decision to leave the EU was mad. Meanwhile, in Brussels, a lone Hungarian played the violin as EU officials cried into their G&Ts.
Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, once again demanded a referendum on Scottish independence, adding that the previous referendum didn’t count because nobody expected that the Brexiteers would win the anticipated EU referendum, and that the previous Scottish vote seemed like a lifetime ago.
Even the radio waves were dominated by eulogies to the EU. One LibDem MP broke into tears as she told Julia Hartley-Brewer on Talk Radio that she planned to attend an EU vigil in Scotland. The pro-Brexit host laughed and replied, jokingly, “That’s the spirit”.