Brexit negotiations will enter its third year in May.
Theresa May has yet to push through a Brexit deal a majority in the Commons can support, there are still calls for a second referendum and there's a campaign to honour a people's vote - headed by the The Independent with its campaign Final Say.
At the time of writing it has been 1018 days since the UK voted for Brexit in the EU referendum and in short, in short, the
29 March 12 April deadline is fast approaching. As Theresa May prepares to ask the European Union for an extension to the Article 50 deadline, here are a few things that reached their natural conclusions within the same time period, in light of what feels like a never-ending Brexit.
1. Parmesan cheese
Hard cheeses like Parmesan, cheddar and Asiago - if stored properly in the fridge - can last between two to four months. That is of course providing that the package is unopened. If it is opened, the lifespan of the Parmesan is cut tragically short to just six weeks.
Amount of days less than Brexit that Parmesan is edible: 898 (unopened)
2. Firefly (TV series)
Smart, funny cowboys in space? Written by Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon? Yes and yes.
Alas, the series had all the makings of a multi-season show but instead it became a cult classic whose life was also cut cruelly short.. The Sci Fi successor to a high school vampire slayer was axed after just one season and ran from 20 September 2002 to 4 August 2003 following schedule changes by Fox.
Amount of days less than Brexit that Firefly lasted: 700
3. Building the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel tower took two years to build. Construction began in 1887 and ended in 1889, just in time for the World’s Fair, and it became the tallest structure in France. In contrast, Theresa May spent two years trying to bring all the political parties to the table to actually talk about leaving the EU.
Amount of days less than Brexit that the Eiffel Tower took to build: 223
4. The journey to the moon
Apollo 11 was the first manned aircraft to make the journey to the moon and it did so in 78 hours – or three days.
The first spacecraft to make it to the moon was called Luna 2, made by the Soviet Union, and it reached the moon in 1959, a journey which took just 34 hours. During that time the spacecraft travels 240,000 miles.
Three days to travel to the actual moon. We're pushing three years on deciding about Brexit.
Amount of days less than Brexit it took to get to the moon: 1015 (manned aircraft), 1017 (unmanned)
5. Publishing the conclusions of the Mueller Report
The Special Counsel investigation, AKA the Mueller report, which looked at Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election took just two years. The counterintelligence investigation began in 2017 and concluded in 2019.
The report may we be the beginning of Trump’s problems, as congress and politicians from both sides of the divide demand to see the report in its entirety.
Still, two years.
Amount of days less than Brexit it took to finish the Mueller Report: 349
6. Ariana Grande's engagement with Pete Davidson
The blink-and-you'll-miss-it engagement between the singer and the comedian lasted five months, before they called it quits late last year.