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Here Are All The Practical Benefits Of Brexit We've Been Told About

Now that Article 50 has been triggered, Britain can finally start to think seriously about taking back some of that control.

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1. Blue passports

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In August last year the Sun newspaper launched a campaign to restore Britain's "famous" dark-blue passport to mark Brexit.

Tory MP Andrew Rosindell said: "It's a matter of identity. Having the pink European passports has been a humiliation."

2. Better butter

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OK, not better, but cheaper. Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said in September that post-Brexit, certain food imports will be cheaper.

“Don’t you remember years ago – cheaper butter, lamb from New Zealand? There are lots of opportunities," he told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show.

3. Crowns on pint glasses

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UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge wants to bring back pub glasses stamped with a crown mark, guaranteeing you're getting a full pint (or half pint). The marks have been phased out in the last decade by "EC".

“Any nostalgia should be to return to an era when British Standards set the agenda and were respected throughout the world," he said. "Once we are free to make our own trade deals again, they will be at the forefront of our sales pitch."

4. A proper end to a day of BBC programming

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Tory MP Andrew Rosindell called for the BBC to mark Brexit by playing the national anthem at the end of each day's programmes, something it hadn't done since 1997.

BBC2's Newsnight was only too happy to oblige, albeit for a one-off.


5. GB stickers on cars

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Post-Brexit, drivers in Britain will once again be able to stick plain-white, oval stickers with the letters "GB" on their cars.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: "It will be symbolic of breaking the shackles of the over-controlling EU."

6. More beets

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Leaving the EU will enable British beet farmers to step "away from dated EU sugar policies".

So said Paul Kenward, managing director of British Sugar, who wrote in The Spectator: "The British beet sugar industry is a major contributor to the UK economy; a key part of our agricultural ecosystem; and much more than simply an ingredient business."

7. Chlorinated chicken

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The biggest US farm lobby group has said it sees Brexit as an "opportunity" to sell food currently banned under EU rules, such as chicken treated with chlorine.

The National Union of Farmers in the UK responded by saying there should be a "level playing field" for British farmers. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said new products entering the UK "must comply with our rigorous legislation and standards", but farming minister George Eustice has hinted the final decision may rest with consumers.

8. Cotton mills making a comeback

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Former miners strike leader Arthur Scargill has said Brexit could see coal mines and cotton mills reopening in Britain.

Speaking at a meeting of the Socialist Labour party – which he leads – in Cardiff, Scargill said: “Leaving means the EU would no longer be able to block subsidies to industries here in Wales – the steel industry, the farming industry would be better off.

“We could practise the concept put forward by Gandhi in India when he said we want homespun industries.”

This post will be continually updated as more benefits of leaving the EU come in.

Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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