How The Internet Reacted To The Most Ridiculous Week British Politics Has Ever Seen
This is it. The big one. *curls up and cries*
Friday 24 June
Britain wakes up to discover the country has voted in favour of Brexit. Many are in shock.
There is a negative reaction on the money markets.
There are fears about the benefits we are set to lose.
The voting patterns are consistent: Scotland and London are pro-Remain, much of the rest of the country is pro-Leave.
Older people have generally voted in favour of Leave, younger voters in favour of Remain.
David Cameron announces he will step down as prime minister, which triggers a Tory leadership election.
Britain is now facing economic crisis and severe political and cultural divisions, and will have to negotiate its relationship with Europe from a position of uncertainty.
Saturday 25 June
The next day was the one quiet day, as the result began to sink in. It began to become clear that the Leave campaign was divided over what to do next.
There were some worrying reports of xenophobic and racist incidents in the wake of the result. As the week went on, we would hear more and more.
As the nation started to go to bed, a coup against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was reported in The Observer. It would turn out that this story would send shockwaves through British politics.
Sunday 26 June
The day began with Brexiters on television being questioned over what many began to see as a series of broken promises.
There were concerns over who would actually lead the country to Brexit, and what it would eventually look like.
But the most significant movements were on the Labour side. Shadow foreign secretary Hillary Benn was fired over his part in the alleged coup reported by The Observer, which immediately triggered a string of shadow cabinet resignations.
Tom Watson, Labour's chief enforcer, was at Glastonbury and had to return to London.
There were some strange rumours the whole thing was being coordinated over Snapchat.
The resignations continued into the night.
Monday 27 June
By Monday morning, the carnage within the Labour party was by now the lead headline, as more and more shadow cabinet ministers resigned.
The pound had taken an almighty hit, and the financial markets were still turbulent.
Everyone was feeling very confused and let down.
And they were about to feel worse, because we were about to lose at football to Iceland and exit Europe for the second time in a few days.
Tuesday 28 June
A man on Facebook provided a perfect summary of events thus far.
Nigel Farage took it upon himself to address the EU and tell everyone in the room they didn't have proper jobs.
The Labour resignations kept on coming.
Corbyn was also caught reshuffling his cabinet on camera in the most memetacular fashion.
The pressure on him to resign began to grow.
But anger was still being directed at the Brexiters, who many felt had let the country down.
It was now full-scale carnage.
Wednesday 29 June
More of the same. There was continued uncertainty over how we would exit Europe and what effects it would have on the markets, immigration, and trade.
The shadow cabinet resignations continued, and by this point were getting truly ridiculous.
But Jezza wasn't going anywhere.
And the pressure was beginning to show.
Meanwhile a selection of Tory leadership candidates were failing to inspire the public.
Although many believed Michael Gove, who hadn't yet thrown his hat in the ring, felt he had a significant package to offer.
Not that one. As a leader. As a leaked email from his wife suggested. Accident or conspiracy? The jury remains out, although subsequent events seem to point a little to the latter...
Speaking of wangs, a new portmanteau word for England and Wales was born courtesy of the Washington Post.
Thursday 30 June
Michael Gove, the man who had spent much of the last few weeks telling people he didn't want to be Tory leader, announced he would be running for Tory leader.
Which completely kiboshed Boris Johnson, the Tory who had done more than anyone else to lead us out of Europe.
Meanwhile in the House of Commons: Democracy!
Back to the Tory leadership. Boris appeared to be about to launch his campaign. Instead, he stepped down. People were stunned.
It appeared the country could soon be led by a man who couldn't clap like a human.
Friday 1 July
Apart from an excruciatingly dull speech from Michael Gove, the country decided to slow down.
Heartwarmingly, one issue had been resolved.