Oliver Wheeler

On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and with one fell swoop our collectively identity was irrevocably shattered by anti-establishment forces which had hitherto been masked from the gaze of the metropolitan elite.

Two and a half years on and this populist revolution is still underway, not only in England, but across the Western world. What should be the response of the Left? Can we create sustainable coalitions with the disaffected in order to bring about radical progressive change, or must we instead align ourselves with the liberal centre in opposition to the far-right?

In this video essay Oli Wheeler uses footage from Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe to explore multiple conflicting Brexit narratives to try and understand whether he agrees with the case for a second Brexit referendum.