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DARK HUMOR

“Pub?”: Brits respond to Brexit with typically British gallows humor

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Despite the shock, some Brits can still laugh at Brexit.
  • Olivia Goldhill
By Olivia Goldhill

Science reporter

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On a black day for the British economy, Europhiles, and the 48% of Brits who voted to remain, the only potential antidote is some black British humor.

For those who opposed Brexit, it might seem there’s little to laugh at. But comedian David Mitchell demonstrates how to grin and bear it.

Frankie Boyle, a comedian from Scotland (where the vast majority voted to remain) offers some practical advice.

The Times (of London) columnist Hugo Rifkind, also a Scot, has been working on his Brexit jokes for a while.

And is already looking forward to the next referendum.

While his colleague, Times columnist Giles Coren, is focused on another result.

Other British comedians focused on key political lessons from the referendum.

While The Telegraph’s cartoonist, Matt, summed up the views of half of Britain.

Despite widespread shock at the result, people on Twitter have managed to find the darkly humorous side too.

And though the nation may be divided, across the country there is one instinctively British reaction to the referendum result:

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