Ban Santa? That is a hard Brexit!

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Sam Green­hill and Si­mon Trump

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

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 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, a com­pre­hen­sive sec­ondary in Lyme Regis, Dorset, was the talk of par­ents in the Brexit strong­hold.

And on the first day back, Dr Stew­ard, 57, an­nounced he was re­sign­ing, say­ing in a let­ter: ‘The pos­i­tive let­ters I have re­ceived from par­ents over the years would fit neatly into a small ring binder, whereas the let­ters of com­plaint would eas­ily fill sev­eral large fil­ing cab­i­nets.’

Dr Stew­ard said he was be­wil­dered by the com­plaints about his assem­bly which he said was in­tended as a ‘fun way to end the term’.

Claire Denslow, whose 17-yearold daugh­ter at­tends the school, said: ‘The head was talk­ing ut­ter rub­bish about how we wouldn’t have any tur­keys be­cause there wouldn’t be any east­ern Euro­pean work­ers to catch and pluck them for us.’

But oth­ers said most pupils had taken the assem­bly in the hu­mor­ous spirit in which it was meant.

The head said his move was not linked to the assem­bly, adding: ‘None of the par­ents were there. It is dis­turb­ing that par­ents com­plain about that kind of thing.’

Jokes: Richard Stew­ard

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