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Plans stepped up for Museum of Brexit with appeal for exhibits

Organisers hope the 1975 pro-european flag jumper that was worn by Margaret Thatcher will be available

- By Anna Mikhailova Deputy political editor

PLANS for a Museum of Brexit will be stepped up in the autumn, with members of the public urged to raid their cupboards for memorabili­a.

Organisers are hoping to get hold of the 1975 pro-european flag jumper worn by Margaret Thatcher on the campaign trail and the pen used to sign the 1957 Treaty of Rome. As the end of the transition period approaches, three locations in 10 Leave-voting areas have been marked as possible sites for the museum, the Mail on Sunday reported.

The museum’s website states: “Our plan is to bring together memories, stories and items that can help preserve our nation’s recent history. To recall, for future generation­s, the background of the recent struggle for the United Kingdom’s independen­ce.”

It says the European Union reportedly spent £112million to build its own Brussels museum, and that it would focus on “another side of the tale”.

The collection aims to “tell the story of the Euroscepti­c movement and its people across the decades” and is calling for people to donate items that may be useful artefacts. The website features an appeal for people to look in their “collection­s, bottom drawers and shoeboxes” to find items to include in the museum and archive.

Exhibits chroniclin­g Britain’s relationsh­ip with Europe could include everything from newspaper cartoons and pro-brexit condoms to one of Nigel Farage’s suits. Gawain Towler, a former Brexit Party spokesman, told the Mail on Sunday: “Things have been quiet, partially because we still had to fight for Brexit, and then we’ve had Covid.

“But, as the country starts to wake up and it looks like we are finally approachin­g the exit door of the 40year failed experiment, we are in a better position to look to the future without forgetting the past.”

He added that the project exists to remember the little people in pub meetings up and down the country who kept the flame of independen­ce and sovereignt­y alive during the dark years.

Lord Lawson, the former Chancellor, has supported the museum and said: “The debate about the United Kingdom’s evolving relationsh­ip with its neighbours, and its place in the world, has been of critical national significan­ce. We need to capture these records and stories for posterity.”

John Mills, the Brexit-backing businessma­n, said: “The June 2016 EU referendum marks a crucial turning point in the UK’S history and it is surely right that it should be marked by bringing together a comprehens­ive collection of all the materials and artefacts used to fight.”

The museum aims to provide a useful resource to academics and “engagingly” inform the public through colourful displays. Donors to the 2016 Leave campaign have been reportedly lined up to help fund the collection.

 ??  ?? The Vote Leave bus became an iconic image of the referendum campaign
The Vote Leave bus became an iconic image of the referendum campaign

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