The town that wants its own Brexit

A campaigning group in Stratford-upon-Avon believes that Brexit does not go far enough. Or rather, come close enough. They want to implement Brexit locally, so that the townsfolk can enjoy the advantages in advance of the national negotiations, without being held back by delays or transition periods.

Jack Prince and Dick Vos, leaders of the new movement, see no reason why the principles behind Brexit cannot be rolled out immediately to benefit everyone in the town. The group they have founded, dubbed STRIP (Stratford Independence for the People), has expanded from a founding nucleus of 6 to a present total of 28.

“We are hoping the public will not refer to us as strippers, like they call UKIP voters kippers”, says Prince. “So far this doesn’t seem to have happened; I think people recognise that we have a perfectly serious point to make, which deserves to be respected”.

The aim of the group is to let locals take back control of their own affairs, without interference from bureaucrats in London who do not understand the town’s history and special status.

“Stratford was a great place in Shakespeare’s day, and we want to make it great again”, explains Vos, “but we must cut the red tape that has tied our hands for so long. Give the town back to those who actually live here, not the ones who are just passing through, taking advantage of all our facilities”.

Thousands of foreign tourists invade Stratford every year, traipsing through Shakespeare’s birthplace, causing damage for which locals must foot the bill.  Not to mention the traffic congestion and additional road repairs needed. So should a wall be built for security, following the example of York and other famous English towns in the past? 

“Of course that is not practicable. We will settle for border points on the main roads, where documents can be checked. Anyone not from Warwickshire will be required to pay a small tariff, which will help the town’s finances enormously”.

“People from London will probably require a visa”, adds Prince.  “It’s not that we don’t like Londoners, but there’s plenty of room for them in the great metropolis”.

So how would Stratford look if the group achieves its aims?

“Shall I compare it to a summer’s day?” quips Sophie West, another founder member. “Seriously, those sunlit uplands the Government talks about would suit Stratford very well. I can’t think of a better place to showcase the new era that the country is looking forward to”.

But the group’s vision does not stop at Stratford-upon-Avon. There are hundreds of towns all over England which could be liberated to realise their true identities, claim the campaigners.

“If we can strike a blow for freedom here, there will be no stopping us. Strexit will serve as a model for the rest of the country. We’ve started something big and if anyone doesn’t like it, they can go whistle”.

*Readers are welcome to join the group, who have been campaigning since April 1st 2017.

Write to the Secretary, STRIP, Hamlet House, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 A50.

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5 Comments

  • Arnold Kiel 1st Apr '18 - 9:20am

    Thanks for the heads-up, NewsHound. I wanted to visit soon, and am wondering: will they provide an e-visa system with an online debit-card payment facility? And, just to be sure, will I be ok with a red passport?

  • nvelope2003 1st Apr '18 - 8:04pm

    Well at least it was before 12 noon

  • Having met the local MP Nadhim Zahawi who is a staunch brexiteer I was almost taking it seriously, until I saw that a certain Dick Vos was involved.

  • The passport question remains unanswered. What colour passport is most suited for the Strippers? When they voted for STREXIT were they aware that the new Passports would not be made in Warwickshire?

  • Jack Prince 2nd Apr '18 - 6:13pm

    Passports will be bright red with a strip of pink to match Dick’s new shirt. Yours should be ok Arnold, just flash it quickly past the barrier. Dick and I are furious that they are to be made in Wigan, a demo is planned for next Saturday outside Stratford Town Hall.

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