Brexit joke lost in translation, Lynn News letters
Despite our efforts to bring occasional cheer to our friends and partners in Brussels by way of one or two jokes that we’ve sent over periodically to keep things reasonably light-hearted (for example Messrs Davis and Raab), it would appear that our latest offering may not have been “got” by them, probably losing something in translation.
There is never any point in trying to explain a joke that has fallen on stony ground, but one sent intending to induce the Christmas spirit cannot, I feel, be left unexplained, and therefore unappreciated.
Our frustration with the border/customs issue, and related backstop is obviously not genuine, as every country or landmass in the world that doesn’t have an aligned trade agreement with another has a border of sorts, and obviously we understand that fully.
That’s the lead up to the punch-line, which is, we insist the backstop must be temporary, short, and they must take action to get rid of it. Repeat, THEY must do something to get rid of it. Obviously we’re joking, because we caused the necessity of a border in the first place, in whatever form it takes, the minute we opted to Brexit.
Happy Christmas, Brussels, you really shouldn’t take us so seriously.