John Oliver and the crew of Last Week Tonight are off celebrating Independence Day. But they've left us with a couple short segments to tide us over until they return.

The first clip offers an update on Brexit - the European Union's loss of one of its most influential and important members, the United Kingdom. "A place whose very name after this week's events is beginning to sound a bit sarcastic," quipped Oliver, who tore into politicians who dubbed the decision Britain's Independence Day.

"First, Britain was already independent. In fact, it's what many other countries celebrate their independence from. And second, the sequel to the movie they're quoting actually opened this week. And it features the wholesale destruction of London, which is beginning to feel pretty fucking appropriate right now."

The only good news for Oliver is that oft-reviled Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he would be stepping down from his position. "Which should make me happy, but in this situation, it doesn't. It's like catching an ice cream cone out of the air because a child was hit by a car. I mean, I'll eat it, but it's tainted somehow."

The second short offers American viewers a glimpse at what they're missing out on because of the split with the British Empire back in 1776 - including accents, bowlers and meat pies. "Which are a lot like British people themselves," said Oliver. "A hardened outer layer gives the impression of composure. But under the surface, it's just a hot fucking mess."

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