#brexitmehole - Irish Twitter has the wittiest take on Brexit shenanigans
Jacob Rees Mogg, Charles Stewart Parnell, and a night of frantic tweeting
It's the hashtag of hashtags, epitomising Irish sentiment towards Brexit as the shenanigans reached fever pitch in the House of Commons on Tuesday night.
As British prime minister Boris Johnson watched a majority of MPs vote to take control of the parliamentary agenda, Irish Twitter watched with a raised eyebrow, and a healthy dose of wit.
#brexitmehole was trending in the UK and Ireland, as was 'Charles Stewart Parnell' as Leader of the House Jacob Rees Mogg declared: "The approach taken today is the most unconstitutional use of this house since the days of Charles Stewart Parnell when he tried to bung up parliament."
The Home Rule leader served as a member of parliament from 1875 to 1891 and was renowned for his lengthy speeches designed to disrupt proceedings in an effort to force MPs to turn their attention to Irish issues.
You can read more about that from our Group Political Editor Kevin Doyle here: Why is Charles Stewart Parnell trending? Ghost of Home Rule leader haunts House of Commons in Brexit debate
And a summary of everything else that unfolded last night: Brexit Q&A: So the House of Commons has seized control - will the Conservative Party take it lying down?
But back to Twitter. Rees Mogg later reclined on a bench during the debate, sparking fury in the UK and, well, some inventive memes, largely courtesy of Irish Twitter...
When you get in from your local after 10 pints of Guinness at 4am in the morning, make a mug of tea, a cheese and ham toastie and watch repeats of Supermarket Sweep on Challenge from 1995. #HouseOfCommons #Brexit #brexitmehole #BrexitShambles #BrexitDebate #BrexitChaos pic.twitter.com/0AOjIskVXr— Fintan Marron (@FintanMusicIRL) September 3, 2019
Aside from Rees Mogg there was much else to ridicule, just 280 characters at a time. Here are some of the most entertaining tweets of the night...
On flight Dublin to Berlin with @AerLingus - doors have just closed as we pull from gate:— Steve Conlon (@stevenconlon) September 4, 2019
Pilot announces that he expects some slight turbulence whilst flying over the UK. Plane erupts in sniggers. #BrexitShambles #brexitmehole #Brexit
🎵When I wake up in the morning, love— Mac (@BrigadistaAbu) September 4, 2019
& the Tories are in disarray
& something without warning, love
Bears heavy on my mind
Then I look at you
& the world’s alright with me
Just one look at the state of you
& I know it’s gonna’ be
A lovely day
A lovely day...🎵#brexitmehole pic.twitter.com/ve0gLALTd2
Who needs House of Cards when you have Twitter and the UK government imploding onscreen.— Hazel Chu (@hazechu) September 3, 2019
As if Netflix writers could have conjured up solid gold hashtags like #brexitmehole! I've said it many times in the past month but I'm so proud to be Irish.#BrexitShambles #BorisJohnson
You can always count on a good Irish hashtag in uncertain times. #brexitmehole— Phil Boyle (@g_h_o_s_t_b_o_y) September 3, 2019