Watch the following video to see what he said, and then we’ll discuss the meaning of his ignorant outburst:
Oh no biggie, but our main Brexit negotiator has just admitted he didn’t realise how dependent we are on the Calais-Dover crossing pic.twitter.com/F7H6VwwP72
— Owen Jones 🌹 (@OwenJones84) November 8, 2018
“So… if he’d known how dependent we are on the Calais-Doover trade route, would he still have voted to Leave?” asked BBC political anchorman Andrew Neil; a good question that actually avoids the more pertinent point. Fortunately The Prole Star leapt right onto it:
“We hadn’t quite understood the full extent of how blisteringly dumb the man Theresa May put in charge of Brexit actually is.”
The chorus of ridicule that followed was most enjoyable. Cast your eyes over a few examples:
— Will Never Vote Labour Again (@Isobel_waby) November 9, 2018
allies of the Brexit secretary are insisting he did know Britain was an island/archipelago, hope this clears things up
— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) November 9, 2018
— The Agitator (@UKDemockery) November 8, 2018
I’ll just leave it there pic.twitter.com/Jt8yK2LsJP
— SUSAN SIMPSON #NeverTrustaTory (@smartysue) November 9, 2018
It's not Raab's ignorance about the Dover/Calais border that frightens me the most. It's his failure to understand why admitting it in public would be such a pant-wettingly stupid thing to do.
— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) November 8, 2018
Why are we paying Mr Raab’s salary?
Downing Street tells EU to ignore him
He is so stupid that not only has he just clocked that UK is an island and Dover-Calais is a vital trade route but he thinks it OK to admit this.
What is the point of Dominic Raab? https://t.co/J6Xc39PaGB
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) November 9, 2018
Dominic Raab latest:
"I hadn't understood that the Apple logo is an apple! Or that pancakes are called that because they're cakes cooked in a pan! Or that I'm an idiot who's out of his depth & driving the UK off a cliff. Near France. Which amazingly has a sea between us and it!"
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) November 8, 2018
I’ve just given Dominic Raab an early Christmas present; a globe of the world. He was flabbergasted at how close the rest of Europe is then asked ‘what’s this blue stuff?’
I need a whisky.
— Ken Clarke (@MrKennethClarke) November 9, 2018
1558: "When I am dead and cut open, they will find Calais inscribed on my heart."
1941: "(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover"
2018: "Where exactly are Calais and Dover?"
— david allen green (@davidallengreen) November 8, 2018
I can't help thinking how much better informed Dominic Raab would have been had he just had a window seat when he first flew out of the country,
— Paul (@PaulOnBooks) November 8, 2018
Britain is an Island
Is it though?
Time is a flat circle ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/M1RrK6bKLE
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) November 9, 2018
The Labour Party even brought out its handy-dandy guide to Mr Raab’s other opinions:
It comes as no surprise that Dominic Raab is unfit to be Brexit Secretary when you take a look at his CV. 👇 pic.twitter.com/5Ynnigk4hu
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) November 8, 2018
All of the above is a lot of fun, but:
None of it changes the fact that Dominic Raab is still the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
He remains the UK’s chief negotiator with the EU on the manner of that exit.
And while our opinions of him are great fun to watch and read – none of them are going to change that.
We should not be laughing at this jackass. We should be terrified of him.
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