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27 Times EU Referendum Campaign Made Us Say: WTF?

Best. Referendum. Ever

23/06/2016 11:35
  • 1 Sir Bob Geldof Brands Nigel Farage A Wanker In Flotilla Face-Off
    Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
    Nigel Farage and Sir Bob Geldof clashed on the River Thames. The Ukip leader led a flotilla of fishing boats up the river to protest against EU fishing policies - but Sir Bob steered a counter measure, and from his own boat made a ‘wanker’ gesture at the MEP. Full story.
  • 2 'Brexit' Concert Shambles
    Sister Sledge, Not Buck's Fizz, an Elvis impersonator, East 17, Alesha Dixon and two-fifths of 5ive were among the acts to cancel on the Leave.EU-organised BpopLive once they realised its political leanings. After three attempts, it never happened. Full story.
  • 3 Mick Hucknall V Jeremy Corbyn
    Simply Red star Mick Hucknall called the Labour leader a ‘spineless coward’ for refusing to campaign strongly enough for Remain. Senior Labour sources labelled the Tweets “low level and ignorant abuse from a musical and political has-been”. Full story.
  • 4 Tom Watson Sings Holding Back The Tears
    Labour deputy leader Tom Watson responded by taking the mic at the unveiling of a new poster. Full story.
  • 5 Maggie's Sweater Revived
    A jumper worn by Margaret Thatcher during the 1975 referendum - featuring the nine countries that then made up the Common Market - was brought back to life. Yours for £45. Full story.
  • 6 Magic Darts
    Darts legend Bobby George backs Remain and invents  #DontFuckMyFuture. The last day of the campaign was nuts.
  • 7 Boris Goes Bananas
    Boris Johnson claimed the EU stops shops from selling bananas in bunches of more than two or three. All supermarkets sell bananas in bunches of more than three. Full story.
  • 8 Protester Dressed As Gorilla ‘Punched In Face’ At Boris Rally
    Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    But Johnson was confronted by protesters dressed as a gorilla and a banana - and the gorilla was allegedly punched in the face. Full story.
  • 9 Iain Duncan Smith: I’m Not Anti-Foreigner As I’m Part Japanese
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    Brexit campaigner Iain Duncan Smith claimed the fact he is “part-Japanese” shows he is not “blaming foreigners” for the high level of migration to the UK. Full story.
  • 10 Student Accuses David Cameron Of ‘Waffling’
    Soraya Bouazzaoui was one of many angry audience members the TV 'debates' spawned. The English Literature student at Southampton Solent University divided opinion. Full story.
  • 11 Stronger In’s #Votin' Video
    The Britain Stronger in Europe group's brash video and series of posters marked the launch of #VOTIN - youth culture distilled into an uneasy relationship with the letter “g”. Full story.
  • Victoria Beckham attacked a Brexit campaign for misrepresenting comments she made 20 years ago in order to make it look like she disagreed with her husband on the EU referendum. Full story.
  • 13 Tory MP Deletes 'Sniffing Dirty Socks' Tweet
    Tory MP Nadine Dorries, campaigning for ‘Brexit’, launched a fierce attack on Chancellor George Osborne after respected Tory Andrew Tyrie announced he was backing Remain - she but swiftly retracted the comment after discovering sock sniffing is “actually a sexual fetish”. Full story.
  • 14 #CatsAgainstBrexit
    People took to Twitter to rally against a possible ‘Brexit’ in the spirit of #DogsAtPollingStations. Full story.
  • 15 Tim Farron Does The 'John Barnes Rap'
    Former England footballer John Barnes denied Michael Gove’s claim he backed Brexit, making a passionate defence of the EU and saying he would be “flabbergasted” if we left it. The Lib Dem leader made this tribute. Full story.
  • 16 'Brexit' Condoms
    Vote Leave campaigners began distributing 'Brexit'-themed condoms on campus at Southampton University. Slogans on the special sheaths included “It’s risker to stay in” and “The safer choice”. Full story.
  • 17 David Icke Backs Leave
    Arguably the world’s best-known conspiracy theorist labelled the EU a “dictatorship", hitting out at the “dark suits running your life” and that real reform is “completely absent” in David Cameron’s deal with the EU. Full story.
  • 18 Cross-Party Lols
    Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
    Remain's Paddy Ashdown, David Cameron and Neil Kinnock share a joke. They're not supposed to like each other. Full story.
  • 19 Boris Waves A Pasty
    Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
    Boris Johnson brandishes a Cornish pasty as he set off on a ‘Brexit’ battlebus from Truro - only for critics to seize on the dish being protected by Europe. Full story.
  • 20 Bullshit 'Brexit' Leaflets
    Countries in Africa forecast to join the EU include Syria, Jordan and Palestine. Total nonsense. There was a lot of it.
  • 21 Nicholas Soames' Tweets
    Not so much a moment as a constant source of delight. Tory MP, Churchill's grandson and Remainer who took the fight to his own side - like Michael 'Gover' Gove. Full story.
  • 22 Fiendishly Complicated Graphs
    The Treasury published its analysis of the short-term economic impact of ‘Brexit’ - 83 pages of graphs, charts and equations that included this mind-bender. Full story.
  • 23 Farage's 'Vile' Immigration Poster
    Philip Toscano/PA Wire
    Nigel Farage launching an EU referendum poster campaign branded "vile" by George Osborne, comparing it to extremist literature produced in the 1930s. Full story.
  • 24 'Get That Lie Off Your Bus'
    On ITV, senior Labour MP Angela Eagle seized on the much-questioned statistic emblazoned on the side of the official Vote Leave bus and leaflets - claiming the UK hands Brussels £350 million a week. Full story.
  • 25 The TV Debate Conspiracy Theory
    Vote Leave threatened to take ITV to court as it did not want Nigel Farage representing the ‘Leave’ camp on TV. Its political editor Robert Peston responded to claims it was "fixing the debates" and warnings "there will be consequences for its future". Full story.
  • 26 The Remain Job
    Dylan Martinez/PA Wire
    David Cameron shared a stage with Labour’s Harriet Harman, Lib Dem Tim Farron and the Green Party’s Natalie Bennett. Three of the quartet stood in front of the icon of British industry, the Mini, while Green Party leader Bennett opted for a Brompton bicycle. It was all a bit The Italian Job. Full story.
  • 27 Brexit: The Movie
    A film focussed on EU regulations, trade and EU waste - and stereotypes. Full story.

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