When watching this video, one keeps waiting for the part where it’s revealed it’s really a spoof, released by those campaigning to “stay.”
That moment never comes.
The reactions on YouTube weren’t kind: “I would be surprised if we weren't kicked out of Europe after this,” wrote one user in the comments section under the video.
The video is the brainchild of Mandy Boylett (the one on the right, in the blonde wig), who in the last general election stood for the U.K. Independence Party, which wants Britain to leave the E.U. In the video, Boylett and her friend are wearing Union Jack-sequin tops and singing a song they call “Britain’s Coming Home.”
Lyrics include lines like:
They want prisoners to vote
They've taken all our fish and money through the years
There’s endless regulations, red tape
It seems there’s no escape
The song is a riff on “Three Lions,” a song popular with England soccer fans and co-written by David Baddiel and Frank Skinner.
Baddiel tweeted that he didn’t give his permission to use the song, but “it's so brilliantly naff, we might've anyway.”
In a column for the Guardian, he wrote: “It’s not often in life you come across something not so bad it’s good, but so bad it’s absolutely fantastic. It made me and Frank laugh like drains.”