Frankie Boyle splits opinion with joke about Irish Famine and Brexit Britain

Frankie Boyle

Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle is no stranger to controversy with his acerbic wit and his liking for extending the bounds of taste with his jokes.

He’s also a firm opponent of Brexit – the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

It’s now two years since the bitter referendum campaign in 2016 and the country remain as divided as ever on the issue.

Frankie Boyle

Ireland is dragged into the controversy because although everyone agrees that there should be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, no one has yet found a way to make that work.

As the arguments rage, many people in Britain fear that Brexit will leave the country worse off, with thousands losing their jobs. There is already a rising number of Britons having to use charity food banks and there are fears the number could rise after Brexit.

This is where Frankie Boyle comes in with his unique take on events. He tweeted: “Brexit has many downsides but I think it will be nice for the Irish to watch a British famine.”

The joke went down well with most of Boyle’s 2.6 million followers but not all were impressed, including many from Ireland. Others pointed out that many of the Brits who will be affected by Brexit are descended from Irish people who fled the famine to come to England. Many of these ‘Brits’ remain proud of their Irish roots and heritage, and can trace their family tree back to the 19th century.

Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling