Brexit campaigners have given EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier a hamper of British merchandise throughout a gathering on the European Fee in Brussels.
The delegation was made up of the Euro MP Steven Woolfe, Lord Jones, the chair of the Go away Means Go away marketing campaign John Longworth and Labour donor John Mills.
The hamper included the whole works of Shakespeare, cheddar cheese, marmite, PG Suggestions and a few English wine.
Lord Jones stated the purpose was to point out the UK had little to concern from no deal.
The hamper additionally included:
- A jar of orange marmalade
- A biography of Winston Churchill
- A bottle of English pinot noir
- Hendrick’s gin
- Fortnum and Mason Piccalilli
“It exhibits that we now have nice merchandise that may nonetheless be offered in Europe however we’re additionally going to increase,” stated former UKIP member Mr Woolfe.
Lord Jones stated he didn’t anticipate Mr Barnier to eat the objects, though Mr Barnier’s advisor Stefaan De Rynck, stated it was nicely acquired:
The present has prompted Twitter to customers to complain that it contained few merchandise from Scotland, Wales or Northern Eire.
Some highlighted that the merchandise have been made with Spanish oranges or had been invented overseas.
One identified that the Anglo-Dutch proprietor of Marmite, Unilever, had predicted that Brexit would have a detrimental impact on its enterprise.
One other hoped the negotiations wouldn’t be, ahem, hampered.
Mr Barnier already has a groaning present shelf. On the first spherical of talks he was offered with a classic climbing e-book by Brexit Secretary David Davis.
He gave his British visitor an vintage strolling stick.
Jeremy Corbyn introduced Mr Barnier a personalised Arsenal soccer shirt.
The Labour chief acquired a retro railway poster from Mr Barnier’s house area in France.
It’s all designed to construct belief and generate bonhomie. Or on this case to additionally generate some publicity for a reasonably run-of-the-mill assembly.
Nevertheless it rounds off a bumper week for diplomatic items, after the French President Emmanuel Macron gave the Chinese language President an eight-year-old horse.
The anti-Brexit Open Britain marketing campaign was not impressed with the Brexiteers’ present to Mr Barnier, nevertheless.
The group’s deputy director Francis Grove-White stated: “We now have reached peak Brexit. Self-important charlatans marching round Brussels with hampers of quintessentially British merchandise, a lot of that are owned by corporations which have stated they’re deeply anxious concerning the affect of Brexit, does nothing to additional the nationwide curiosity.”