When the world is descending into chaos, the first thing we do, for better or worse, is make memes about it. Since the UK’s infamous vote to leave the EU in 2016, Brexit has given us a wealth of material. It also inspired talks of France’s Frexit, and a Dexit by Germany (Deutschland), the latter of which has fallen into such obscurity that its political meaning is now completely eclipsed in search engines by the downsizing of the Pokedex in new Pokemon games.
Could these campaigns have flourished with catchier names? Probably not, for reasons that are becoming clearer and clearer. But just in case, the internet’s punsters are parodying Brexit with suggestions for names that the rest of Europe can use if they decide they’ve had enough.
Those who feared that Brexit would lead to a number of copycat campaigns that would bring the EU crashing down actually got a surprise. It turns out that since the referendum passed, the three-and-a-half-year-long Brexit has been such a headache that even Europe’s most reactionary parties have begrudgingly gone quiet about leaving the EU, afraid of bringing similar humiliation to their countries.
As far as the general public, surveys of citizens of 10 of the largest EU member states showed that favorable views of the EU abruptly increased the year after the Brexit referendum. These results suggest that people who were on the fence saw the UK’s revolving door of politicians struggling to disentangle the country from all the agreements that they had taken for granted and thought, “Hmmm... the EU is alright, actually.”
Hopefully, we won’t be seeing any of these campaigns in world news any time soon, but here are some punny names that might ensue if the EU’s remaining 27 members (Norway, not an EU member to this day, has always said Noway) went solo… in English-language news, that is. If you have any good puns in your language, you are encouraged to share them in the comments.