If you needed further proof that this country is completely losing its mind there is now a literal steam train called the 'Brexit Express'.
The train, which according to it's website is funded by city financier Jeremy Hosking, aims to support the UK's departure from the EU and to ensure that there is 'no backsliding on Brexit.'
It was first set up prior to the 2016 referendum and continued as a post-campaign in the 2017 general election. Now they have their own train, for no apparent, other than it being an accurate representation of their name.
However, it looks like the train is a better representation of Brexit than what they would have hoped, thanks to a video from Tory MP and Brexiteer Steve Baker.
40-year-old MP Baker, who along with former Brexit secretary David Davis was at York station to see the train, posted the video to Twitter, however didn't seem to see the symbolism in the fact the train is moving in reverse.
Delighted to join the Brexit Express (@BrexitE) with @DavidDavisMP and others - there is a mood of cheery resolve... https://t.co/bKAw7qddCP— Steve Baker MP FRSA (@Steve Baker MP FRSA) 1554028008
It was hardly the most spectacular advert for the locomotive and unfortunately for the Brexit Express, Baker's little video soon went viral for all the wrong reasons.
Firstly, the train, like Brexit is going backwards.
Lots of steam, then moves backwards. https://t.co/kNwXOCUWq6— davidallengreen (@davidallengreen) 1554035630
A steam-train in reverse - the perfect #Brexit metaphor 🙄 https://t.co/HSMaL0ojvY— Angus B MacNeil MP (@Angus B MacNeil MP) 1554043753
Secondly, this is a type of transport that hasn't been relevant since the 1950s and is quite damaging to the environment. How fitting for a country with a serious nostalgia problem.
Going backwards. Powered by fossil fuel & hot air. https://t.co/WiBtnU14Xe— James Oh Brien (@James Oh Brien) 1554031915
@SteveBakerHW @BrexitE @DavidDavisMP An accurate metaphor for Brexit - something that's going backwards, is outdate… https://t.co/aHBz1rZ0Tg— Dominic Houghton (@Dominic Houghton) 1554029772
✅Relic of a bygone era ✅Full of hot air ✅Going backwards Seems appropriate https://t.co/UvmTaROUYf— Dai Lama (@Dai Lama) 1554044425
"How can we symbolise brexit?" "I know! Let's pay lots for something that was obsolete in the 1950s, and set off on… https://t.co/G5UCKSIX0x— Greg Webb 🔶 (@Greg Webb 🔶) 1554039566
Outdated polluting technology going in reverse. Thanks for tweeting the perfect metaphor. https://t.co/92OXjHDMnA— Guy Walters (@Guy Walters) 1554041916
To make matters even better the Saddleworth Express, who photographed the train as it went through their village, reported that it was running late, a bit like the failing idea that it is named after.
I hope the Brexit Express works a lot like Northern Rail, with Brexit being continually delayed and eventually canc… https://t.co/Y73nXFW4Qq— Mark Grimshaw (@Mark Grimshaw) 1554044559
Maybe Chris Grayling was in charge of it?
Well #failinggrayling is a brexiter so did he plan it for 2016 & it's just arrived? All that's being achieved throu… https://t.co/Kg1ZFQsO2I— Iain (@Iain) 1554040722
Was Chris Grayling involved somehow perchance? https://t.co/TKafDSsYgr— David Frankal (@David Frankal) 1554045519
Meanwhile, the EU is travelling into space, whilst the UK is travelling back in time.
It really is the perfect Brexit metaphor.
Brexiteers are absolutely ridiculous 😂 https://t.co/XRcNrVlGtF— Dr. Vicky Forster (@Dr. Vicky Forster) 1554044997