Britain and its prime minister, Theresa May, have been granted a Brexit extension by the EU until October 31, which is Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve, depending on where you live.
This is a day of escape, of monsters and ghouls and trick or treat, although, this time, there will be no treat.
As it is likely, based on precedent, that October 31 will be extended further, it is worth considering a few other possible dates for the final Brexit.
February 2 is the US’s Groundhog Day, when a groundhog, a rodent, predicts the future weather, although, in the Brexit case, it is likely to be gloomy for a long while.
March 17, St Patrick’s Day, celebrates all of the snakes being driven out of Ireland, although there was no hard border when St Patrick did that. April 1, April Fool’s Day, has been ruled out, as nobody is being fooled this time, it’s such a disaster.
June 6, D Day, seems unlikely, as that was the landing in Europe that sadly cost the lives of so many troops, and, in this case, everyone wants to get out of Europe.
July 4 celebrates the independence of the United States from England, so that might be an appropriate day for the EU to consider.
Not many of these well-known celebration days are suitable, so it might be best to extend the range of possibilities.
March 21 is World Puppetry Day and there are a lot of strings being pulled here.
February 30 is Teacher Appreciation Day.
In Australia, on the first Tuesday of November, the Melbourne Cup horse race has been held since 1861.
Many outsiders have won the race and many favourites have lost it, showing that even events at very long odds are possible.
Perhaps it is better to settle on the first Saturday in February, or Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, a day just as sensible as any of the other possibilities, although a lot more fun.