Twitter Users Create Custom ‘Brexit Stamps’ In Protest Of Britain Leaving The EU

"Sort out your own borders, Cut off nose to spite face."

With each passing day Brexit becomes more of a reality for the United Kingdom, but if and when it does formally exit the EU, the occasion won't be marked with the release of a commemorative stamp, which is typically issued to denote an event of historic importance.

Though U.K. tabloid The Sun began a campaign to issue a special stamp in honor of Brexit, Royal Mail — a postal service and courier company in the United Kingdom — released a statement saying Brexit "wasn't an important event worth recognizing." According to The Telegraph, the statement also noted Brexit stamps wouldn't be released because they would damage Royal Mail's "strict political neutrality" during elections and referendums.

Lastly, the statement explained Royal Mail does not get involved in "political matters," though critics of the decision were quick to point out the company produced stamps showing a Union-Jack emblazoned U.K. jigsaw piece slotting into a bigger European puzzle when Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973.


However, while an official stamp likely won't be released, social media users have created their own Brexit stamps to mark what many view as an unfortunate and damaging move for the U.K. The stamps protest the troubling nationalist and anti-immigrant views favored by Brexit supporters.

The stamp above, for example, plays with the idea of borders and calls attention to the fact that, as a condition of Brexit, movement between the U.K. and other countries in the EU will be more restricted. The quote on the left-hand side of the stamp — "Sort out your own borders, Cut off nose to spite face" — suggests that Brexit will unnecessarily disadvantage British citizens. 

A pair of stamps from Twitter user RJonesUX follows a similar theme.

Lastly, in the stamps below, the words "Follow your dreams" graffitied on a wall are covered up by a big "canceled" sticker, while the other stamp shows a girl dressed in a European flag dress hopelessly reaching for a U.K. flag balloon.

While the stamps certainly focus on several major problems associated with Brexit, they also act as an artistic way to relieve tensions tied to the controversial decision. The BBC reports the U.K. is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, 2019.


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