Brexit Britain: 6 Cartoons From Around The World Which Take Aim At The UK Crises

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“We tried to talk to you about it, but you decided otherwise. Now you have to face the consequences.”

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While the government continues to dismiss the idea that Brexit is to blame for the ongoing fuel crisis, HGV driver shortages and fears over the lack of Christmas, the rest of the world has been blamed for the UK’s exit from the EU.

Several factors, including Covid and the ineffective lifestyle associated with HGV driving, have contributed to the current UK issues, but Brexit has exacerbated this by drastically reducing the British workforce.


The New Yorker was praised last week for its cartoon, which featured Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking on a stage with the Union Jack behind him.

Pretending to be Johnson, the caption read: “The reduction is all British made and British owned, and this is something we can be incredibly proud of.”

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The satire is as close to home as the focus on employing British people for jobs in Britain is one of the key arguments of the Brexit campaign. The government has now introduced a three-month temporary visa to encourage foreign drivers to come to the UK to work.

LBC commentator James O’Brien described the cartoon as “closer to reporting that satire”.

Another Twitter user claimed that a Slovakian newspaper shared a cartoon from last Wednesday that showed a crying British Bulldog in a bowler hat and an empty food bowl with a Union Jack on it.

The account claimed: “We have become a laughing stock>”

On Sunday, Dutch cartoonist Erwin Vanmol tweeted a cartoon of empty supermarket shelves with the phrase ‘mind the gap’, which is commonly seen at London tube stations, but on occasion in reference to major distribution problems across the UK. .

She added a hashtag that read: “#BrexitFuelShortages #BrexitChaos #Brexitcrisis #Brexit.”

German cartoonist Klaus Stuttmann shared a cartoon of Johnson standing next to petrol pumps, which have been closed on Sunday.

The caption read: “Super! That was our Brexit goal: more climate protection for the UK!

Downing Street Brexit is promoting Britain as a leading nation when it comes to tackling climate change ahead of COP26, the UN climate summit.

South African outlet New Frame also mocked Johnson when it published a cartoon of the prime minister presenting an empty plate to a customer at a pub last week.

Instead of a meal, Johnson appears to be offering a disgruntled pub-goer a drawing of fish and chips, saying: “Yeah, but the wonderful thing about your fish and chips is that it’s completely Was built without immigrant workers!”

A cartoon for German National Day, 3 October, marking the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990, also took aim at the current shortage.

A travel agent addressed customers and said: “For Unity Day we recommend trying British supermarkets so you can feel like you are in East Germany again.”

East Germany faced severe poverty compared to the West in the years following World War II.

Away from sharp cartoons, media outlets around the world have carried a similar message in recent times.

Leading US broadcaster CNN claimed that Britain is suffering more than its European neighbours, because of Brexit.

It explained: “The labor shortage, for example, was not an inevitable consequence of Brexit. But Britain’s post-Brexit immigration system was designed to reduce the number of unskilled workers arriving in Britain.”

Spain’s El País criticized Downing Street’s “reluctance to accept that Brexit had nothing to do with the fuel crisis”, while the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrante said the crises “had nothing to do with the free movement of goods and people”. Insanity to exit the single market”. .

Speaking on a German news show, ARD’s tagseman, Gabi Kostorj, said: “One person is tempted to tell the British: ‘You only blame yourself. We tried to talk to you about it but you Decided otherwise. Now you have to face the consequences.”

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