Head quits af­ter telling pupils Brexit Bri­tain would ban Santa

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A HEAD­MAS­TER who told pupils that Brexit would ban Santa Claus has quit.

Dr Richard Ste­ward claimed ‘for­eign cit­i­zen’ Santa would be barred from fly­ing his sleigh to the UK in what he said was a ‘fun’ assem­bly on the last day be­fore Christ­mas.

He joked that im­ports of Christ­mas trees and wine would be stopped and there would be no more tur­keys due to a lack of eastern Euro­pean farm work­ers. He also sug­gested that it would be the last de­cent fes­tive pe­riod pupils would have be­fore Bri­tain with­draws from the EU in March. Dr Ste­ward’s speech to pupils at The Woodroffe School, an out­stand­ing-rated com­pre­hen­sive sec­ondary in Lyme Regis, Dorset, was the talk of par­ents in the Brexit strong­hold.

On the first day back at school, Dr Ste­ward, 57, an­nounced he was quit­ting. Yes­ter­day, Dr Ste­ward said he was be­wil­dered by com­plaints about his assem­bly which he said was meant to be a ‘fun way to end the term’. The head said his de­ci­sion to re­tire af­ter 16 years was not con­nected to his assem­bly.

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