28 January 2020 - British government unveils Brexit 50p coin
Brexit day 50p coin unveiled by Chancellor Sajid Javid
(BBC News, 26/01/2020)
A commemorative 50p coin marking the UK's departure from the EU has been unveiled by Chancellor Sajid Javid.
The coins bear the inscription "Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations" and the date of 31 January.
Mr Javid had first ordered production of the coins in advance of the UK's original 31 October departure date.
Campaigner: I'll donate my Brexit 50p coins to anti-racism charities
Clive Bull (LBC, 27/01/220)
An anti-racism campaigner has pledged to donate any of the 50p coins commemorating Brexit to charities which combat hate.
Anita Sethi told Clive Bull that she has been on the receiving end of a number of racist incidents since the Brexit referendum in 2016.
As the UK prepares to leave the EU on Friday, Ms Sethi revealed she wanted to turn the government's celebrations about Brexit into something positive.
Philip Pullman calls for boycott of Brexit 50p coin over 'missing' Oxford comma
Alison Flood (The Guardian, 27/01/2020)
It is a debate that has torn the nation in two, ripped friends and family apart, and entrenched deep and uncrossable lines throughout the land. Should the Royal Mint have used an Oxford comma on its Brexit 50p piece?
Three million coins bearing the slogan “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” are due to enter circulation from 31 January, with Sajid Javid, chancellor of the exchequer, expressing his hope that the commemorative coin will mark “the beginning of this new chapter” as the UK leaves the European Union.
However, early responses include His Dark Materials novelist Philip Pullman’s criticism of its punctuation.
Six fun things to do with your Brexit 50p
(The Daily Mash, 27/01/2020)
The most tangible benefit of Brexit hits Britain this week in the form of three million Brexit 50p coins. But what will you do with yours?
Make arbitary decisions even more fun by flipping a coin like you’re Batman villain Two-Face; heads, we’re all about to become unemployed on the whim of fishermen, tails we’ll all lose our jobs to benefit City bankers.