The Telegraph’s call for patriotic Brexit poems has backfired quite spectacularly

Scrabble letters spelling out Brexit and EU. Brexit poems
Fréa Lockley

Brexit is dominating the news again. On 2 May, Theresa May faces a major challenge from 60 Eurosceptic MPs led by Jacob Rees-Mogg. They claim that the government’s preferred customs model is flawed and “deeply unsatisfactory”. This follows a major defeat for the government in the House of Lords, which voted to give parliament a final say on Brexit. And then Christopher Hope, The Daily Telegraph‘s chief political correspondent and assistant editor, asked Twitter for “poems, limericks or ditties about Brexit”.

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But it wasn’t just the Brexit supporters that rally behind The Telegraph who responded.


“And hast thou slain the Brexit beast?”

Hope’s own entry suggests that he intended to create public praise for May’s Brexit plans and shower her with patriotic support:

But people on Twitter had other ideas.

Poet Murray Lachlan-Young had already penned a Brexit poem:

But for other writers, acrostic poems were an easy way to answer Hope’s call:

May and her cabinet ministers were a favourite topic:

Meanwhile, others looked to established poets for inspiration:

…while others took inspiration from some of the more ludicrous pro-Brexit comments from ministers:

Brexit Shmexit

As a rallying call to support Brexit and May, Hope’s Brexit poems challenge failed. As an opportunity to challenge the ongoing chaos of May’s botched Brexit efforts, it was quite simply brilliant.

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