THE EU referendum was a marketing gimmick for a big-budget American science fiction film, it has emerged.
The producers of Independence Day: Resurgence, sequel to the poor quality 90s alien invasion film Independence Day, confirmed that they paid everyone involved and even helped UKIP with some poster designs.
Director Roland Emmerich said: “When Will Smith firmly refused to return for the sequel, we decided to spend his fee on a big, eye-catching stunt designed to excite audiences about the film’s tired themes of ‘independence’ and ‘freedom’.
“After an intense brainstorming session we decided that to have a small, economically unviable island stage its own ‘independence day’ by making a stand against the alien mothership Brussels.
“This was surprisingly cheap to arrange. Farage and Cameron got on board for eight thousand apiece. That’s dollars, not pounds.
“Boris Johnson’s agent held out for a low five-figure sum and a selection of fine cheeses, which he thought was some real tough talk but to us it seemed almost pitiful.”
The film features a cameo from George Osborne as pilot Pete ‘Posh’ Danvers, who gets strangled by a tentacle before being pulped and fed to alien hatchlings as a form of liquid nutrient.