12 months ago all many Brits were concerned about was if the UK was going to crash out of the EU with a deal or not.
Brexit fever was almost the only subject that people could talk about, especially as the UK was originally supposed to leave the EU on March 29, 2019.
Amazingly, Theresa May was still prime minister at that point. Since then, Boris Johnson has won two votes to become prime minister, the Tories have an overwhelming majority, Jeremy Corbyn resigned as Labour party leader and Brexit finally, once and for all happened.
All in all, it took us a very long time to get there and the divisions it caused within the fabric of British society might never be healed... but at least it wasn't a potentially deadly respiratory virus that has infected more than 100,000 people on the planet and has shut down all major events and stopped mass gatherings.
Now that the stress caused by coronavirus has most of the population at peak anxiety people are almost starting to miss Brexit. That's right, people are actually longing for Brexit to come back.
I really miss not being able to just walk around saying "Get Brexit done"
— Parody Boris Johnson (@Parody Boris Johnson)
Speaking of Brexit, Boris Johnson is adamant that the government will complete negotiations by the end of the year despite the uncertainty that is being created by COVID-19. A meeting between British and EU officials was due to take place in London next week but that has now been cancelled with it possibly taking place via a video conference.
A government spokesperson is quoted as saying:
It will be possible to do the trade talks. Both the UK and the EU are fully aware of the timetable which we’re working towards. The discussions can take place using an alternative forum, such as video-conferencing. Video-conferencing is something which is used throughout the world, and business.
The UK has more than 1,000 confirmed cases over coronavirus which has led to 21 deaths.