Take part in the historic countdown to Brexit!

Take part in the historic countdown to Brexit!

Feel part of it all with The Great British Brexit Calendar.
If you voted Leave, or know someone that did, scratching off the 12 golden stars to reveal a Brexit Champion (either a well-known figure or a much-loved icon) is a stellar way to mark our country’s progress towards leaving the EU.

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Removing Stars: When and Why

At The Great British Brexit Company we’re as far away from being a Eurocratic control freak as you can possibly get. That said, sometimes, it’s helpful to get some friendly advice.

As a result, below are 10 dates over the course of the next two years until Brexit which we think merit removing a star. Some are light-hearted and some more serious but they all celebrate or mark something which helps make Great Britain, well, Great. You may have some thoughts of your own on other suitable dates and that’s just fine too.

There are only 10 dates listed because we suggest you remove the first star the day you get your calendar and save the last till Brexit-Eve.

In addition, by registering your email with us we will provide you with current dates when particular progress is made or a milestone's passed in Brexit negotiations and which are worthy of removing a star (and possibly a trip to the pub too).

9th July 2017
On this day in 1877 the first Wimbledon Championship opened its doors to players and spectators alike. The competition was the first ever official lawn tennis tournament and went on to be recognised as the first Tennis ‘Grand Slam’. It was a ‘men only’ affair (a sign of the times). We’re not sure what the weather was like or how many punnets of strawberries were consumed but the competition was won by a Brit, Spencer Gore. Speaking of which, Come on Andy!

3rd September 2017
The discovery of penicillin, the world’s first antibiotic, began on September 3rd 1928 when Alexander Fleming inspected his laboratory petri dishes following a holiday break. His discovery of ‘Penicillium Notatum’ has saved, and continues to save, millions of lives around the world. We must never forget our appetite and talent for innovation and the global impact this can have.

21st October 2017
21st October 1805 – Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar turns Admiral Lord Nelson into a national hero but costs him his life. His column on Trafalgar Square is arguably one of the UK’s most recognisable tourist attractions, along with the four lions which sit beneath it. It’s often forgotten that these statues are made of the bronze from melted down French cannon seized at the Battle of Trafalgar and which act to remind us that winning is in our blood.

27th November 2017
The Referendum Party was founded on 27th November 1994 with the mission of giving the British public a vote on whether to remain in the EU. People often forget about the Party and its efforts in the 1990s but without them it is quite possible that the EU referendum would never has come to pass. Thank you Sir James (Jimmy) Goldsmith!

3rd March 2018
3rd March 1957 – Britain participates in its first Eurovision song competition (the 2nd time the contest was held). We came 7th of 10 – some things never change... As Eurovision isn’t anything to do with the EU we’ll be singing our hearts out long after Brexit.

23rd April 2018
Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23rd April 1616. Arguably the most famous Briton ever, the bestselling fiction author of all time has sold over 4 billion copies of his work.

11th May 2018
On this day in 1953 Sir Winston Churchill, a true giant of modern history, addressed the question of Britain and its relationship with Europe in a speech to Parliament, saying of the then European institutions, “we are with them, but not of them. We have our own Commonwealth and Empire." Whilst much has changed in the 65 years that have passed, the timeless poignancy of Sir Winston’s words ring as true today as they did then.

9th June 2018
The Official Birthday of Her Majesty, The Queen. Our Nation’s longest serving Monarch and an inspiration to millions, at home, across the Commonwealth and around the globe. Happy Birthday Ma’am.

31st October 2018
The closing ceremony of the 1908 Olympic Games in London took place on 31st October 1908. Britain topped the Game’s medals table with 146 medals in total, of which 56 were Gold. 104 years later in 2012 Britain once again welcomed the world to London for the Games and came a remarkable 3rd with 65 medal in total, of which 29 were Gold.

February 2019
One of Britain’s other great talents is producing iconic musicians and bands. From the Beatles to the Rolling Stones, to David Bowie, Wham, Oasis, Duran Duran, Adele and Ed Sheeran (to name but a few) people around the world have shaken their stuff to British beats for decades (and no doubt will continue to do so after Brexit). Rather than celebrating just one artist, we’re celebrating them all, just like the Brit Awards, held every February. We’re not sure what date the event will be held on in 2019 but we’ll provide specifics as soon as we’re able.   

Meet the Brexit Champions!

The road to Brexit was paved by some of the most tenacious and patriotic people to live within UK borders. People that believed in democracy. That believed in British values. That believed in Britain. Below you can find the champions that helped to make Brexit a reality, as well as parts of British life that will improve once we officially depart from the EU. Portraits of each feature on The Great British Brexit Calendar, hidden behind 12 golden stars that you can reveal as you mark our progress towards leaving the EU.

Boris Johnson

“We are taking the machete of freedom to the brambles of EU regulation.”
Coming from a strong journalistic and political career, Boris Johnson’s endorsement of the Vote Leave campaign helped to swing the odds in favour of team ‘Out’. 

MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, he serves as the Foreign Secretary.

 

Nigel Farage 

“I want my country back” 
Famous for his 20-year campaign to take the UK out of the European Union, Nigel Farage helped to persuade more than 17 million people to vote to leave the EU.

Fruit & Veg Freedom

The EU imposes some far-reaching regulations on things that don’t really warrant the time. Like how bananas should be shaped. An idea which, when you think about it, is a little bananas. Once the UK leaves the EU, we’ll be free of the red tape that dictates where we source our fresh produce from, and what shape they should be. 

 

Gisela Stuart

“Rather than sending money abroad to countries that want to join the EU, I believe we should be spending our money on our priorities here in the UK.”
A British Eurosceptic Labour Party politician, Gisela Stuart served as Chair of the Vote Leave campaign and has served as a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2017. 

Dr. Liam Fox 

An ever-closer union is “against Britain’s national interest”. 
Dr. Liam Fox is an experienced Conservative politician whose involvement was important to the Vote Leave campaign’s success. MP for North Somerset, he serves as International Trade Secretary.

 

British Passport

“The humiliation of having a pink European Union passport will now soon be over and the United Kingdom nationals can once again feel pride and self-confidence in their own nationality when travelling, just as the Swiss and Americans can do. National identity matters and there is no better way of demonstrating this today than by bringing back this much-loved national symbol when travelling overseas.”
Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell

British Sovereignty

Once again Britain will have control over its laws, its borders and its money. Freedom never goes out of fashion.

 

Tony Benn

“My view about the European Union has always been not that I am hostile to foreigners, but that I am in favour of democracy.” 
Tony Benn served 50 years as a Labour MP, and constantly fought for democracy, especially in regards to the United Kingdom’s involvement in the European Union.

David Davis

“Leaving the EU gives us back control of our trade” 
MP for Haltemprice and Howden, and a long-serving Conservative politician. As Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, he is in charge of negotiating a successful Brexit.

 

Priti Patel

The EU is “undemocratic and interferes too much in our daily lives”
Vocal Eurosceptic and leading figure in the Leave campaign.

MP for Witham, she serves as International Development Secretary.

Global Trade

Rather than being restricted by the EU’s Customs Union, we will have the freedom to strike up trade deals with any nation in the world and re-engage with our old friends in the Commonwealth.

 

Sir James Goldsmith

“The true purpose of proposing a single currency is to force through the creation of a unitary European state while pretending to promote a purely economic idea.”
Sir James Goldsmith’s founding of the Referendum Party in the '90s played a crucial role in making sure that, ultimately, the people had the final say in whether or not the UK stayed in the EU.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF BREXIT

  • 6,100 BC

    Ancient Britain was once a peninsula, connected to Europe, until a massive tsunami came in and resolved the situation with its own version of Brexit. This created the island nation we know today, physically liberating Britain from the Continent.

  • 1957

    West Germany, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands all get together to sign the Treaty of Paris, establishing the European Economic Community (EEC). They drink wine to celebrate.

  • 1963

    Britain likes the sound of the EEC and decides to join in, but French President Charles de Gaulle vetoes our application.

  • 1969

    We make another application to join the EEC, but de Gaulle has other plans and vetoes it. Again.

  • 1973

    The Europeans finally come around and agree that our involvement in the EEC is a good idea.

  • 1975

    The people of Britain aren’t as sure about joining the EEC. So, in true democratic fashion, a referendum is held on whether or not we should stay in the EEC. Britain votes in favour by about 2 to 1.

  • 1984

    Margaret Thatcher takes a break from getting the country back on its feet to negotiate a better deal for the British, resulting in a rebate on our contributions – or ‘The Great British Refund’ as we like to call it.

  • 1987

    The Single European Act comes into effect, formalising how political cooperation in the then EC would operate, along with a further transfer of powers to the Continent (an all too common and recurring theme), and the creation of the Single Market.

  • 1990

    In October 1990, Margaret Thatcher makes her now famous ‘No, No, No’ comments regarding plans to give further powers to Brussels, at the expense of the EU’s member states. Less than a month later she resigns.

  • 1992

    The Maastricht Treaty is agreed, creating the European Union (EU) and evolving the European Economic Community into the European Council. This upsets Nigel Farage so much that he decides to leave the Conservative party.

  • 2000

    After a 27-year-long battle, the rest of Europe can finally buy British chocolate – a luxury we take for granted.

  • 23rd June 2016

    History is made (yet again) as Britain votes to leave the EU. This upsets a lot of Europeans (as well as some Remainers). Concern about Europe’s supply of British chocolate grows.

  • 29th March 2017

    We trigger Article 50, officially notifying the European Council of Britain’s intention to leave the EU.
    Europe once again feels cut off from Britain.

  • 1st February 2017

    The Brexit Bill is brought to Parliament, where a landslide vote grants Theresa May the power to get Brexit negotiations under way.

  • 19th June 2017

    Brexit Secretary, David Davis, travels to Brussels to formally begin Brexit negotiations.

FAQ

When will the calendar be available to buy?

The calendar was launched on June 23rd, to mark the EU referendum. You can order your copy today.

Can the calendar be bought in-store anywhere?

At present the calendar is only sold online. However, we are in discussions with retailers about stocking the calendar and will provide further details when we are able to.

What’s the best way to remove the scratch panels?

We’ve found that using a 2p coin and being gentle works best. We also suggest avoiding using the new pound coin as the ridges on the edge may damage the calendar illustrations underneath.

Who’s behind The Great British Brexit Company?

Tim Bell (aka Lord Bell of Belgravia) heads-up the Company and is its Chairman.

How can I get in contact with the Great British Brexit Company?

As we’re a small company, email is the best and most effective way of getting in touch: hello@brexitco.co.uk

How long will it take to receive my order?

Once you’ve received a confirmation email, confirming your order, we aim to dispatch it the same day. You’ll also receive an email from us when your order is on its way, along with a tracking number for Royal Mail.

The speed of delivery is really out of our hands. Royal Mail 48 usually takes 2 days, however they advise that it can sometimes take longer. If you simply can’t wait to get your hands on the calendar (something we entirely understand!) we also offer Special Delivery with Royal Mail which guarantees next day delivery.

Are you going to be producing other Brexit products?

Yes – we’re just getting started! In addition to further editions of the calendar, which will feature different Brexit Champions, we will also be producing other, novel and fun Brexit products. Register your email address with us to receive updates about new products and their release dates.

How much of the proceeds are going to charity?

We are committed to giving 10% of the proceeds from the sale of calendars to British charities.

Which charities are being supported?

We will be supporting a number of charities, not just one. Further details on the charities involved will be provided in due course.

Is it acceptable to buy one of your products for my Remainer friends?

Absolutely – we think giving the arch remainer in your life a Brexit calendar is the best way to show them just how much they mean to you!

Who did the illustrations for the calendar?

The talented Jonathan Cusick – for more details on Jonathan visit his website:

http://www.jonathancusick.com

Is the calendar made in the UK?

Yes – entirely and proudly.

Why is the maximum order size limited to 10 calendars?

Because the calendar is a limited edition, we want to make sure as many people as possible have a chance to buy a copy and that’s why we limit orders to a maximum of 10 copies. If you are interested in placing a larger order on behalf of a company or other organisation, please contact us at support@brexitco.co.uk

Why has the date of Brexit on the back of the calendar been left blank?

As we don’t yet know the exact date that we will leave the EU, we have left this blank intentionally so that you can add this by hand once Brexit is achieved.

Is the calendar formally endorsed by any of the people it features?

No – instead, we feature the people in question to thank them and recognise their important role in championing the cause for Britain to leave the EU.

Why don’t you allow overseas sales of the calendar?

At present, apart from the United Kingdom, we post to: Australia, Canada, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Jersey, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea and the United States. We hope to add more countries soon.