Staunch Remainers have launched a campaign to rename the upcoming storm, previously known as Storm Nigel, to Storm Guy Verhofstadt. This unexpected demand has left meteorologists scratching their heads and the general public wondering if the tempest in a teapot has spilled over into the weather forecast.
The campaign, led by a group of die-hard Europhiles, claims that naming a storm after Nigel Farage, a prominent figure in the Brexit movement, is not only insensitive but downright offensive to their European sensibilities. They argue that renaming it Storm Guy Verhofstadt would better reflect their commitment to the European Union cause and their unwavering support for European bureaucrats.
One of the campaign organizers, Veronica Europhilia, declared, “It’s high time we put an end to this storm of nationalism and embraced the spirit of European unity. Renaming the storm Guy Verhofstadt is a symbolic gesture that will show the world where we stand.”
Meteorologists, however, have been left befuddled by the sudden request. Dr. Weatherwise, a leading expert in storm nomenclature, remarked, “I’ve named storms for years, and this is the first time I’ve seen a storm’s name become a political lightning rod. We usually stick to a list of names, but I suppose we could make an exception for the sake of unity.”
Critics of the campaign argue that it’s a storm in a teacup and that the renaming effort is blowing hot air. “What’s in a name?” asked Brexit supporter Nigel Stormchaser. “A storm by any other name would still drench you just the same.”
Nonetheless, Remainers are determined to see this through, with some even suggesting that future storms be named after prominent EU figures, like Storm Ursula or Storm Jean-Claude. As the storm of controversy rages on, one thing’s for sure: the weather forecast has never been so politically charged.