19 ways to defend your 2016 Brexit vote in this current moment

WAS your vote for Brexit the best thing ever in 2016, but now you’re broke, hungry and immigration’s higher than ever? Here’s why it’s still great: 

Sovereignty. Of course I’d heard of it before Brexit. Not a day would go by without me saying to the wife, ‘Ooh, I could really do with more sovereignty, love.’

It was a protest by the ‘left behind’. We didn’t know Michel Barnier wasn’t personally responsible for turning the high street into vape shops.

We were stealing skilled people from countries that need them. Sure, I’m fine to have a Pole deliver my Amazon order, but what about housewives in Warsaw waiting two weeks for a duvet? I don’t want that on my conscience.

Farage and Johnson lied to us. Like any normal person, I believe everything anyone says is literally true, which gets confusing watching Lord of the Rings.

I care about our fishing industry. There’s something quintessentially British about dredging up slimy, dead-eyed fish by the millions in freezing sleet. Let’s not lose this magical way of life.

The night before the vote I dreamt I saw a huge Union Jack fluttering in the distance. Admittedly a Dalek Fay Ripley was selling me a glass rabbit hutch so I was distracted, but it was still a sign.

It’s racist that only EU nations had freedom of movement. Now we’re open to immigration from around the world, arriving on Kent beaches in boats.

The NHS desperately needed money. I’ve never voted for Labour who always give the NHS money, but let’s skip over that.

We must never forget our war dead. Do we want the sacrifices of Sharpe’s Rifles to be in vain?

Camembert is clearly off and stinks your fridge out. I wasn’t prepared to let French cheesemongers sell us their substandard products.

We had to get rid of EU red tape. I can’t give any specific example of red tape I found encumbering, because there are so many they make my brain seize up.

I’m not being conscripted into the EU army. It might seem as remote a chance as being sent to fight arachnids on Klendathu, but regardless.

British jobs for British people. Millions of Brits have been denied getting up at 4am to work a shift picking Brussels sprouts before going to their main job.

I voted Leave for the young. They go to Europe, enjoy cheap public transport and affordable rent, then come back here and it’s shit. It’s not fair to give them unrealistic expectations.

EU workers were coming here, speaking English and losing their indigenous culture. It would be a cultural tragedy if no one spoke Polish, Estonian or Slovish.

We’re a buccaneering nation and we need to get back to that. By which I mean piracy. Let’s make Atlantic freight terrified of us again.

Someone said I should vote for Brexit on Facebook. And at that point in 2016 Facebook was widely accepted as entirely factual, unlike Gary Lineker’s BBC.

On the day of the referendum Brexit extremists strapped a bomb to me and threatened to detonate it if I didn’t vote Leave. That really happened. It was more common than people realise.

It definitely wasn’t because I’m racist, alright? Put that down on your form. Write ‘not racism’.

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Cool guy referring to his minimum-wage job as a 'gig'

A COOL man is describing his minimum-wage, zero-hours contract job using a word employed by rock stars, he has confirmed.

Deliveroo rider James Bates, aged 24, calls his job of delivering Wagamama orders a ‘gig’ because in his mind it is just as impressive as Foo Fighters headlining Wembley.

He said: “Every day I strap on my gear, take to the road and give the people what they want. I’m practically Hendrix, but without all the fame, fortune, adoring fans or guitar.

“The cycle lane is my stage, other motorists are my hecklers, and feedback from my customers is my Greil Marcus review in Rolling Stone. Groupies? Give it time.

“Bruce Springsteen must daydream of chucking it all in to be an authentic working man like me. He’s doing the same tired old songs every night while I’m developing incredible thigh muscles.”

Friend Joanna Kramer said: “I was so pleased for James when he said he had a fantastic gig lined up, I didn’t know he was musical, funny or talented in any way.

“There was an awkward silence when said ‘glad you’re not still going for that shitty Deliveroo job’ but I think I walked it back okay.”