Brexiteers write poems to leaving the EU after getting offended that poet laureate won't
PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 August 2019 | UPDATED: 12:08 20 August 2019
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Brexiteers have started writing poetry, after the poet laureate said he had no particular plans to commemorate Brexit in writing.
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Simon Armitage hurt Brexiteers' feelings when he said he has already produced work, a "film poem", marking the previous Brexit date of March 29, and wasn't planning further Brexit poetry for October 31.
Sensitive Brexiteers such as the Rees-Mogg siblings and Daily Telegraph readers have risen to the moment, however, by penning some compositions of their own.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, whose own literary effort on the Victorians sold just 734 copies in its launch week, kicked them off with a jibe at the laureate himself.
"The Poet Laureate used to be paid in sherry / Which made him decidedly merry / Now he is paid in hard cash / Which makes him awfully slapdash / But when it comes to Brexit he needn't be wary?"
While his sister, Brexit Party MEP Annunziata Rees-Mogg followed this with a jab at Remainers:
"The British voted for Brexit / Remainers attempted to wreck it / But Leavers fought on / So soon we'll be gone / As we thrive on outside will they get it?"
Profound stuff. Not to be outshone, Brexit Party MEP Lance Forman wrote his own ditty:
"October 31st / Is when we burst / Out of the EU's grip / No ifs. No buts / No backstop cuts / We leave the sinking ship."
Remainers, however, couldn't allow the Brexiteers the sole pleasure of the literary arts, and soon chimed in with distinctly sarcastic responses.
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