How ‘Please leave my town’ became an anti-Boris Johnson rallying cry

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson–primarily thanks to his unwavering approach to Brexit–is leading one of the most unpopular governments that Britain has seen in a whopping 40 years.

His steadfast refusal to extend the Brexit deadline–the date the U.K. is set to leave the European Union–in order to negotiate a deal for that exit has fractured the Tory party. Even  Johnson’s own brother quit as a Tory member of parliament (MP) and minister, citing “unresolvable tension” in his role, per the BBC.

On Thursday, Johnson said on record that he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than extend the Brexit deadline. But that wasn’t all that was caught on record. While shaking hands with British citizens in the streets of Leeds, Johnson was politely told to “please leave my town”–a phrase that has transcended into an anti-Boris Johnson rallying cry.

It’s apparently British for f*ck off, according to Twitter user @SnazzyAzzy

“Maybe this could become a ‘thing’ #PleaseLeaveMyTown. Echoing around the country wherever #LiarJohnson tips up,” Twitter user @AJD_1971 wrote.

In response to the man, who is being hailed as a hero, Johnson said, “I will, very soon.”

“Folks remember this when this con man comes to town#PleaseLeaveMyTown,” Twitter user @judahnaveen wrote. Another dubbed the phrase the “hashtag we’ve been waiting for.”

‘Please leave my town’ memes

Brits are using the hashtag to revel in the mockery that is Britain’s worst prime minister to date, as one user declared. “I love the polite ‘Please leave my town’ man. Have any DJs sampled it yet?” another quipped.

The “Please leave my town” guy, who even gave Johnson a friendly farewell pat on the back, is basically Britain’s equivalent to America’s “Green Shirt Guy.”

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Siobhan Ball

Siobhan Ball

Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org