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Brexit 50p: Activists threaten boycott as treasury draws up plans for millions to enter circulation

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London Independent
August 12, 2019

Anti-Brexit activists have threatened to boycott a 50 pence piece that is set to mark the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, amid reports the Treasury intends to produce millions of the coins in time for 31 October.

Embossed with the phrase “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” above the date Brexit will begin, the coin was originally due to be introduced under former chancellor Philip Hammond – who had planned to mint about 10,000 and sell them to collectors for £10 each.

However his successor, Sajid Javid, is now said to be looking at printing millions in time for Brexit. In plans reported by The Sunday Telegraph, a source said the chancellor was looking to go beyond having the coinage as collector’s items “so that everyone gets a coin and it is not just a tribal thing that some people buy”.

But some have vowed to rid themselves of the coin if it turns up in their change. Eleanor Rylance, a Liberal Democrat councillor for Broadclyst and the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the East Devon seat, called for people to send the coins back as a form of protest.

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This article was posted: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 2:38 am

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