The world's editorial cartoonists have wasted no time reacting to Britain's referendum vote to leave the EU, aka Brexit. This one by Dave Granlund shows UK PM David Cameron being forced to walk the plank.
The cartoon employs a metaphor which has been used quite a lot in relation to Brexit — the UK as a ship (see here, here and here). In this case, one could imagine it's a pirate ship since David Cameron is being forced to 'walk the plank', a method of execution practiced by pirates, and a reference to his more or less enforced resignation following the disastrous referendum defeat. He is tied up, and at his back is a sword with a Brexit ballot paper on it. We can't see who's holding the sword but it could be anyone who voted 'Remain' for a start! Cameron says, "I've decided to step down", which is a play on words since "to step down" means to resign, and he's literally stepping down from (or rather off) the gangplank.
Ironically, Cameron himself used the 'ship' metaphor in his resignation speech: "I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months, but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination."
MORE BREXIT CARTOONS
• Brexit! (Daryl Cagle)
• Brexit 2106 (Cagle.com)
• Brexit: Cartoonists around the world react to EU referendum result (The Independent)
• These Cartoons Sum Up The World’s Reaction To Brexit (Huffington Post)
• The world’s most striking Brexit reactions, through cartoons (Washington Post)
• Cartoonists draw Brexit (Politico)
• EU referendum: Matt's best Brexit cartoons (Telegraph)
• Brexit: why Britain left the EU, explained with a simple cartoon (Vox)
• Martin Rowson on the Brexit vote – cartoon (Guardian)
• Project Leave by Ingram Pinn
• Brexit Missile Strike by Graeme MacKay
• Referendum Bandit by Brian Adcock (The Independent)
• Up Goes the Drawbridge by Mark Knight (Herald Sun)
• Adams cartoon (Telegraph)