Brexit 50p Very Nearly Definitely About to Happen

By Gary Cutlack on at

This is the third-last story we'll ever do about the interminable process of manufacturing and releasing the commemorative Brexit 50p coin, as the chancellor has revealed the final form of the on/off coin with its new EU exit date of January 31 stamped on.

The second-last time we'll mention the thing will be on Friday when the coin is released so old people can celebrate by saving two to have put on their eyes when they die, looking at either the Queen or the quite ironic phrase "peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations" for all eternity. Chancellor Sajid Javid said: "Leaving the European Union is a turning point in our history and this coin marks the beginning of this new chapter," not committing himself either way to whether it's going to be a good chapter or a bad one we'll all be skipping.

If you would like to mingle with the worst people in the country, the Royal Mint is opening its doors on January 31 for a one-off tour, where guests will be able to celebrate the EU exit by striking their own Brexit 50p – formally referred to as the Withdrawal from the EU 2020 UK 50p Coin.

The last time we'll write about it will be next year, when a charity says donations are up because half of everyone wants shot of it. [Royal Mint]