The government’s latest cringeworthy attempt to sell Brexit is reducing people to tears

Steve Barclay
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Brexit secretary Steven Barclay has released a video on social media making an astonishing claim about the benefits of Brexit. Barclay promises Brexit will mean we can invite more players from Brazil, Argentina, or Africa to join the UK Premier League. It’s a complete lie, and people can’t stop laughing about it.

Oh Steve

According to Barclay, the government’s alleged lack of control over immigration is impacting football’s Premier League. He said:

one of the things about taking control of our immigration is we can decide, do we want more English qualified players in the Premier League? Which is something the FA are keen to see. Or do we want to have more talented players from Brazil, Africa, Argentina and elsewhere in the world, as the Premier League are keen to see.

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So we’ll actually have much more say as to where we recruit players from. Do it on talent, rather than it being because they’re in Europe, as opposed to the rest of the world.

There is so much wrong with this that Barclay may be going for a record. First, Africa is a continent, not a country like Brazil or Argentina. We should be able to take this basic knowledge for granted. But given the absence of such knowledge in the rest of the video, let’s assume nothing.

Second, there is no EU rule stipulating that UK football clubs have to recruit European football players. This is not a thing. And so this video is entirely pointless:

The reaction

If the video hadn’t been sent from Barclay’s official Twitter account, we might have assumed it was a parody. All-day, people have been shocked to the point of laughter by the Brexit secretary’s attempt to sell such a barefaced lie. Footballers, politicians, the media, and the public – no one could restrain themselves from commenting on the stunt:

And if anyone out there actually believes Barclays easily-disprovable lie, I’ve got a unicorn to sell you.

Featured image via Twitter/Lee Davy (Flickr Creative Commons)

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    1. You got a Unicorn? Please sell it to me …

      … just kidding, I know it’s illegal to trade in Unicorns being that they are on the Endangered Species List (well they must be, you see so few of them these days …. probably trophy-hunted to near extinction, or the secret ingredient in someone’s fast-food conglomerate).

      Steven Barclay? … now that sounds like an entirely fictitious creature to me, and any reference to it should start with the words … Once Upon A Time.

    2. A pure fantasy taken seriously really makes one wonder about the skitzoid world these politicians inhabit.
      This Brexit has turned into a religion missing the angels, and a recorded history.
      If you vote for them………
      Your in trouble.

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