LEADING Remainers have whinged they will never use or accept the government’s new commemorative Brexit 50p coin.
But the coins – which include the words “peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations”, as well as the Brexit date of January 31, 2020 – have sparked an angry backlash among pro-EU campaigners.
Lord Adonis, a Labour peer who has consistently fought to reverse Brexit, tweeted: “I am never using or accepting this coin.”
While Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, said he will ask shops for alternatives to the coin if he is handed one in the future.
He tweeted: “I for one shall be asking shopkeepers for ‘two 20p pieces and a 10’ if they offer me a 50p coin pretending that Brexit is about ‘peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations’ given it puts all three at risk.”
Some pro-EU social media users even urged people to deface the coins with Remainer graffiti while others advocated keeping and never spending them in order to take them permanently out of circulation.
The new Brexit coin has sparked fury after being released without the proper punctuation.
Marking the UK’s exit from the European Union, the historic 50p piece was ordered by Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid.
It reads: “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” and the date of 31 January.
However, social media users have been quick to point out the lack of an Oxford comma after the word prosperity.
His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman tweeted: “The ‘Brexit’ 50p coin is missing an Oxford comma, and should be boycotted by all literate people.”