After the European Union agreed to give the UK prime minister a “flexible extension” of the Brexit horror story until 31 October, Chancellor Philip Hammond said Theresa May will remain in office until she takes the country out of the bloc.
Ever since the announcement, social media has been inundated with memes and jokes on the date set for the UK’s divorce, which ironically coincides with Halloween, and has caused many to wonder whether Brussels was trolling London:
Halloween Brexit with a reprieve to 31 October means someone in Europe has s sense of humour when leaving would be a ghoulish horror— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) 10 апреля 2019 г.
Brexit extension offer is…. Halloween 👻 🎃— article 50 challenge (@A50Challenge) 10 апреля 2019 г.
We are being trolled and we deserve it pic.twitter.com/RMO78gzdmv
Netizens were simply left no other choice but to troll the “zombie” prime minister and her government, as well as the “Nightmare on Downing Street”.
Halloween Brexit x May x Fixed Term Parliaments Act means we really are stuck with a zombie government. pic.twitter.com/nlOBOLdqqC— Helen Dale (@_HelenDale) 11 апреля 2019 г.
Brexit delayed until Halloween. How appropriate for this zombie government! pic.twitter.com/MJFwpn3GlX— Jack Jazz (@JackkJazz) 10 апреля 2019 г.
Having been previously been described as the Walking Dead, isn't it appropriate that she will now be working to a Halloween departure date…. #ToriesOut #Brexit #indyref2 #thesnp pic.twitter.com/WvfFysy0NU— Jim Oakes (@oakes_jim) 10 апреля 2019 г.
Many social media users revealed what costumes they are going to wear for #HalloweenBrexit:
Can't wait to dress as Brexit for Halloween this year. Basically I'll turn up to parties, say I'll make them better, ruin everything and shout at people for complaining about it.— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) 11 апреля 2019 г.
And refuse to leave.— Gareth Williams (@gownautilus) 11 апреля 2019 г.
Don't get in a fight with someone dressed as @BorderIrish, they'll give you a walloping! 😉— JackTLadd (@JackTLadd) 11 апреля 2019 г.
At Halloween, I am going to dress up as a European and frighten the sh*t out of all Brexiteers. #brexit— Aodhán Ó Coileáin 🇵🇸 🇮🇪 🇪🇺 (@CapersColly) 11 апреля 2019 г.
What will everyone be dressing as for Brexit Halloween? I’m going as an indicative vote— Stephen Canning (@EssexCanning) 10 апреля 2019 г.
Some poked fun at the situation, coming up with a bunch of hilarious names for a hypothetical horror movie about the Halloween Brexit:
Halloween Brexit x name a better horror film x— Aleesha (@a_leesha1) 10 апреля 2019 г.
Friday The 13th….No Wait, March 29th….No, June 30th….Okay, October 31st.— Scott Grady (@DaRefScottGrady) 11 апреля 2019 г.
I still know what you did last referendum— joe (@Joe17Smoking) 11 апреля 2019 г.
The Brexorcist.— FlipTop #GTTO (@FlipTop27) 10 апреля 2019 г.
The night before no deal— Adam (@Adam14250194) 11 апреля 2019 г.
The UK was supposed to leave the European Union on 29 March, but Theresa May decided to request an extension since she failed to gain support from British lawmakers for the withdrawal deal she had previously negotiated with Brussels.