A senior French official warned that France will not tolerate repeated extensions of the Brexit deadline,
prompting the Brexiteers and Remainers to set aside their differences and focus on the common enemy – France. In a joint statement, spokesmen said, “It’s like with family – it’s OK when you’re having a go at them yourself, but if someone else tried it, whoah, big mistake. We Brits can have a go telling each other what to do, but France? How about you go eat another baguette mate and keep your opinions to yourself.”
All EU member states have the option to veto further extensions to article 50. In theory France could use their veto to block any extension past the current deadline of October 31st.
A prominent Leave campaigner said, “Look no one really wants an extension – we all want a Halloween-themed Brexit, the costumes will be off the hook. But saying you’ll block us from taking more time to argue? It’s not on.” Her Remain counterpart added, “Yeah, we might want to keep arguing until December, make it a festive event. Is France going to stop the British people from having a Christmas Brexit too?” At the press conference, this prompted a chorus of “shame!” from both sides of the crowd, and one, “think of the children!”
A French presidential adviser said, “Our message is clear: a solution must have been found by October 31st.”
In response, the combined Leave and Remain camps said, “We’ll give you a solution! Keep your opinions to yourself, that’s a solution!” Political analysts say this is the first time since the referendum that the two sides appear to have found a common purpose, and that in their bid to annoy France it is likely they will keep the Brexit debate going for another 5 years.