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Funny Brexit stories featuring dogging, the Supreme Court, and Pete Doherty

Whether you are a remainer or remover, no-one disputes Brexit has led to and is leading to change. After headlines that leaving the EU may lead to an increase in dogging our political editor Paul Francis considers other unexpected consequences and surprises it has thrown up so far.

Bands break-up all the time but could Brexit really mean more splits?

Pete Doherty fears his band members could be kicked out after Brexit
Pete Doherty fears his band members could be kicked out after Brexit

According to the legendary former frontman of The Libertines Pete Doherty, now resident in Margate, leaving the EU might.

In an interview earlier this year, he said he was the only member of his present band, The Puta Madres, with a British passport and feared that his fellow musicians might not be able to remain in the UK.

But he also said Brexit would lead to "the most insane new wave of the most incredible [music]" as part of a backlash against Brexit.

Among the many fears about Brexit, don't be caught short by reports that leaving the EU may lead to panic buying of that vital domestic commodity - toilet paper.

So concerned was Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards that he used a written question to ask ministers for details about how long stocks of loo roll may last.

Brexit could lead to shortages of toilet roll
Brexit could lead to shortages of toilet roll

In a rather sober reply, Cabinet Office minister Simon Hart said the UK Government was working to ensure the "best possible preparation" to support the flow of goods.

She was a lifelong Conservative who had served as Maidstone as its MP for two decades.

If you were looking for a politician who was least likely to switch sides because of Brexit, it was Ann Widdecombe.

Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe joined the Brexit Party
Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe joined the Brexit Party

But jump she did - straight into the welcoming embrace of Nigel Farage and his new Brexit Party.

As well as wowing at party rallies, she has taken on a role as agony aunt for the party's paper "The Brexiteer".

Brexit became an unlikely trigger for a fashion breakthrough - thanks to a huge 'spider' brooch worn by the Supreme Court judge Lady Hale generating as much online traffic as the ruling she was delivering.

Lady Hale
Lady Hale

Fashionistas went into meltdown and there was a frenzied rush to find out where they could be bought.

As well as the high street, it wasn't long before copies and related merchandise were on Ebay.

In the following 48 hours, there were 427 online articles and social media posts about the spider brooch, according to fashion data site Launchmetrics.

Schools were thrust into the Brexit frontline in Kent when education officials advised them to prepare for possible lockdown if levels of air pollution rose because of more traffic congestion after Brexit.

The advice was contained in a six-page document by Kent County Council to schools, outlining what they should do to prepare for possible disruption when the October 31 deadline passes.

Operation Brock aims to keep Kent moving after Brexit
Operation Brock aims to keep Kent moving after Brexit

Hotels may have been enduring a tourism slump as bookings from overseas visitors slide in the face of Brexit uncertainty but there has been some compensation, albeit a modest one.

A Kent health trust revealed it had booked rooms for staff near hospitals in the event roads are gridlocked.

There are fears dogging could rise after Brexit
There are fears dogging could rise after Brexit

And in April, Highways England confirmed it had deployed 80 officers from outside Kent to assist in the management of Operation Brock on the M20.

It was having to pay for them to stay in nearby hotels so they can get to incidents and offer back-up support quickly.

Obsecure parliamentary language is no longer quite as unintelligible as it was, thanks to Brexit.

Words and phrases like "prorogation" and "humble address" - a way for parliament to make its desires and opinions known to the Crown - can now be heard around office water coolers everywhere.

The word prorogation has slimmed into every day language
The word prorogation has slimmed into every day language

Well, not quite as much as Love Island perhaps.

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