Brit's Tweet About Waiting an Hour in Line at Immigration at Amsterdam Airport Goes Viral: 'This Isn't The Brexit I Voted for'

A British man's tweet about waiting for about an hour at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam went viral, after he wrote, "This isn't the Brexit I voted for."

Absolutely disgusting service at Schiphol airport. 55 minutes we have been stood in the immigration queue. This isn’t the Brexit I voted for. pic.twitter.com/QcSne9d4qW

— Colin Browning (@ColinBrowning14) February 13, 2020

Tweeting from Schiphol, Colin Browning shared his frustration waiting in the immigration line to enter the country. "Absolutely disgusting service at Schiphol airport. 55 minutes we have been stood in the immigration queue," he wrote.

Britain officially left the European Union on January 31, nearly four years after voting on the referendum in June 2016. Britain is currently in a transition period that will last until December 31, where U.K. citizens can still use European customs.

Many people responded to Browning's tweet to point out that this was something that Brexit supporters should have anticipated. "Actually yes, this is exactly what you voted for," one Twitter user responded. "It's called freedom of movement for a reason, and you voted to end that. After all you knew what you were voting for."

Comedy writer James Felton mocked the tweet. "I didn't think leaving the EU would mean we'd be out of the EU," he wrote. In another tweet, Felton called Browning's tweet a "classic in the 'people who wanted out of the EU losing their s**t about the consequences of leaving the EU' genre."

I didn't think leaving the EU would mean we'd be out of the EU this is bullshit

— James Felton (@JimMFelton) February 14, 2020

Norwegian journalist Morten Overbye pointed out the irony of Browning's tweet, as Brexit supporters voted against free movement and are now shocked that they cannot move as freely. Another asked what Browning expected would happen by voting for Brexit. "People voted leave with no thought for the consequences of their actions," she wrote.

The people voting against free movement of people are surprised they no longer move as freely. https://t.co/6P7Edzw1oz

— Morten Øverbye (@morten) February 14, 2020

Exactly what did you think would happen - that 3rd world, nonentity Torydom residents would get special treatment - people voted leave with no thought for the consequences of their actions - life made worse.

— Carole Hawkins (@hawkins_carole) February 14, 2020

Another Twitter user noted that because Amsterdam is not part of the U.K., it decides how to govern people coming into the Netherlands. "It's called sovereignty," he tweeted. "You may have heard of it." Another likened the EU to being a member of a club: Once left, "you can't expect the same benefits."

Was the vote in the Netherlands? They can do what they like to third country nationals. Its called sovereignty. You may have heard of it.

— Chris Smith (@ledredman) February 14, 2020

This is what no longer being a member of the club means. You voted to leave, you can't expect the same benefits.

— Unicorn Stopper 3.5% 🎪 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇪🇺🇺🇳 (@LenoreSimson) February 14, 2020

One person joked about the transition period and how Browning was in the wrong queue, asking whether Twitter should tell him that he doesn't to wait in the immigration line and can use EU customs until December. "Or, shall we let him carry on with his wait to think things over?" he tweeted. Another referenced the end of the transition period in 2021. "Just wait til the end of the year," she wrote. "You ain't seen nothin' yet."

Anyone wanna tell him about the transition period - that he currently have the rights as other EU citizens - and is in the wrong queue? Or, shall we let him carry on with his wait to think things over?

— Robert Usher (@RobertJUsher) February 14, 2020

Browning's tweet has over 17,000 replies and has been retweeted nearly 4,000 times and liked by over 10,000 people, as of 9:52 a.m. ET.

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Boris Johnson outlines his government's negotiating stance with the EU after Brexit, during a speech at the Old Naval College in Greenwich on February 3 in London. A viral tweet from a British citizen in Amsterdam outlines some consequences of Brexit. Frank Augstein - WPA Pool/Getty