31 January 2020
Despite previous calls for a special stamp set to mark the UK’s departure from the European Union, which were initially met with opposition from Royal Mail, reports suggest a Brexit stamp could now be issued in January 2021.
According to a report in The Sun newspaper, Boris Johnson has put pressure on Royal Mail to issue a set of four stamps to mark the end of the current year-long transition period.
Royal Mail previously resisted calls for a stamp stating that they had to remain impartial regarding political issues and that they only mark important anniversaries.
The news of a potential stamp set follows the release of a Brexit 50p featuring the wording ‘Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations’ and the date of the departure.
British stamps have been issued to mark European events before:
- The Single European Market was celebrated in 1992
- The 25th Anniversary of the Second European Election in 1984
- A 'Direct Elections to European Assembly' set was released in May 1979
- A 1973 set of three stamps was issued to celebrate ‘British Entry into European Communities’
- Two stamps honoured the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in 1967
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