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John Oliver compares Brexit to 'Independence Day' (the movie, that is)

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The total destruction of London, anyone?

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All hail Britain's exit from the European Union.

At least that's what some exclaimed after last week's vote.

Since then, however, it's seemed like those who campaigned for leaving have been subjected to a hailstorm of derision.

The latest to offer his uncontrolled feelings is HBO's John Oliver, whose accent rather reveals his English roots.

In an impassioned segment during Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight," Oliver lurched toward entirely unsafe for work words in order to express his horror.

He presented the Conservative Party's Boris Johnson and the UK Independence Party's Nigel Farage as they both declared June 23 the nation's "Independence Day."

"Britain was already independent," he said. "In fact, it's what many other countries celebrate their independence from."

Ah, those blissful colonial times to which some Brits would love to return.

Oliver then mentioned that the sequel to 1996 movie "Independence Day," which both Johnson and Farage seemed to be channeling, features "the wholesale destruction of London." A scene that feels pretty appropriate right now, Oliver said.

The sequel, which opened this weekend, has actually been submerged at the box office by "Finding Dory." Perhaps Britain's big decision might turn out to be a damp squib, or perhaps squid, too.

It seems clear that Johnson, tipped to be the next prime minister, doesn't know how Brexit will actually proceed. Writing in the Telegraph on Sunday, he said: "I cannot stress too much that Britain is part of Europe, and always will be."

I'm not sure the rest of Europe feels that way. Some European leaders seem to want Britain to quickly disappear.

It could turn out, of course, that this was all just a ruse to get rid of British Prime Minster David Cameron.

But for Oliver, the real difference between Brexit and "Independence Day" is all too clear -- and they represent a warning to America: "There are no f***ing do-overs."