22:37 GMT07 August 2020
Listen Live
    Get short URL

    The UK Parliament rejected Theresa May’s deal to leave the European Union in a 432-202 vote earlier this month, prompting the prime minister to present a Plan B.

    Margaritis Schinas, a spokesman for the European Commission, may have been waiting for the perfect moment to recite the lyrics from the Spice Girls’ evergreen hit, “Wannabe”, during a speech on Brexit deal in Brussels.

    “The withdrawal agreement was agreed with the UK government, with the EU27. It is now on the table, it is not open for negotiation and we expect the United Kingdom to tell us what they want… what they really, really want”, Schinas smilingly said after a brief pause.

    Schinas’s apt reference with a touch of frustration and good sense of humour has set off a major landslide on social media, as users suggested that the spokesman was a secret fan of British girl band:

    Another netizen suggested using other Spice Girls’ songs as the soundtrack to Brexit…

    …while fellow Twitterians lost themselves to improvisation:

    Many pointed to the fact that the timing for the bombshell phrase was perfect:

    Last week, the withdrawal agreement endorsed by London and Brussels was voted down in the UK House of Commons. On 21 January, Prime Minister Theresa May, who refused to rule out the possibility of a no-deal scenario, set forth a Plan B to find a way out of the deadlock.

    One of the major sticking points with Brexit is the inability to reach a consensus on the UK’s border with Ireland, and May’s alternative plan was to resume talks on the so-called Irish backstop.

    READ MORE: Sony to Relocate European Headquarters to Amsterdam Amid Brexit Process

    May has already dismissed calls for a second referendum, stressing that the UK should not postpone its withdrawal from the 28-member bloc. The UK is set to leave the EU on 29 March, with the transition period expected to end in December 2020.


    Ireland Wants Clarity From UK on Brexit – Finance Ministry
    EU Court Wants London to Take Back Migrants Entering Bloc via UK Amid Brexit
    Brexit May Be Postponed Only Given Internal Consensus in UK – Barnier
    This Sucks: Dyson Set To Relocate HQ to Singapore Amid Brexit Countdown
    song, Brexit, EU, Margaritis Schinas, United Kingdom
    Community standardsDiscussion