There will probably be no new royal yacht, no commemorative Brexit stamps, however there’ll, we now know, be a coin to honour Brexit.
Within the budget this afternoon, Philip Hammond will announce that when the UK leaves the EU, the Royal Mint will difficulty a brand new 50p, on which can seem the citation “Friendship With All Nations.”
It doesn’t reference Brexit particularly, however it’s a mild nod to the “International Britain” advertising and marketing marketing campaign the federal government has been deploying for the reason that second the nation voted to go away the European Union. That’s a advertising and marketing marketing campaign those that truly campaigned for Brexit intentionally rejected, by the best way, as a result of it didn’t work in 1975, it’s by no means labored since, they usually knew it wouldn’t work now. If the coin actually wished to commemorate Brexit, it’d have Nigel Farage on the again of it grinning in entrance of a determined line of refugees, or some lies about spending on the NHS.
It shouldn’t be controversial to level out that till now the explanation all of the campaigns to difficulty commemorative Brexit-related nationwide merchandise have failed is that those that would difficulty such issues have been acutely conscious that Brexit is essentially the most divisive factor that has occurred the historical past of the UK. (The civil struggle was arguably extra divisive, however that was merely England, a minimum of at first).
For roughly half the inhabitants, the Brexit coin will probably be carried like a badge of pleasure. For the opposite half, it’s going to burn of their pocket with disgrace. For a couple of decade and a half, Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic soccer golf equipment determined to have the identical shirt sponsor. It was appropriately deduced that if one half of town wore Carling lager or NTL broadband, the opposite half of town would immediately self-impose an embargo on the product in query.
To this finish, I confidently predict that the Brexit 50p will disappear from circulation in a matter of months, when some foolish Twitter Remainer hashtag marketing campaign will get going, and the extra unhinged reaches of the #FBPE neighborhood begin sucking them from the streets and storing them in jars.
There’s additionally the unlucky truth the citation in query comes from Thomas Jefferson, the total quote extending to incorporate the phrases, “entangling alliances with none.” It’s extensively understood as a defence of American isolationism.
It’s a noble sentiment, maybe, however Jefferson didn’t utter his phrases whereas strolling out of an alliance together with his 27 nearest neighbours, in an act that threatens extreme harm to their prosperity in addition to our personal. Britain might search friendship with all nations, however it has proven itself to be a really unreliable buddy, and a egocentric one too.
One imagines the road in query is supposed to convey the spirit of Brexit, about free commerce over political integration, however it doesn’t have a lot to say on whether or not Britain’s “friendship with all nations” extends to the big variety of nations who’re at present actively searching for to dam the impartial buying and selling schedules the UK is within the technique of submitting to the World Commerce Organisation.
Fairly who Britain’s associates on this planet are supposed to be shouldn’t be made clear both. New Zealand and Australia proceed to queue as much as type out buying and selling preparations with the European Union. Numerous African leaders chuckle at civil service discuss or “Empire 2.zero”. Japan has despatched livid letters to the UK authorities, urgently searching for clarification on the UK’s future standing inside the single market, in accordance with guarantees it was made by Margaret Thatcher which it has now gone again on.
There was one main politician who was so thrilled at Brexit that she modified her Twitter image to the Union Jack for a number of days after the Brexit vote. However sadly for us, Marine Le Pen of France’s Nationwide Entrance would lose her personal presidential election shortly after. An actual blow for us, that one.
All around the globe, democracies are in a multitude. Brazil has simply freely elected a racist, far-right homophobe the most recent in an extended line of weird electoral outcomes, from Trump, to Mexico, to the Philippines, to the Catalan independence motion. And these outcomes are extensively being attributed to the shortcoming of democratic societies with free speech to manage the radicalising affect of social media, and notably Fb, upon them. That‘s an issue that will probably be laborious for the world to resolve. However solely Britain’s descent into it’s going to include a commemorative coin, a nationwide occasion, a momentous resolution that won’t, within the routine enterprise of democratic occasions, include an opportunity to be revisited.
The Unbiased has launched its #FinalSay marketing campaign to demand that voters are given a voice on the ultimate Brexit deal.