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Thursday, 7 July 2016

The year is 2027. Britain has been out of the EU for 8 years and is having to fend for itself. A trade agreement with the EU is still under negotiation, and the pound is now worth 0.03 Euros. Britain's new largest trading partner is Ghana. As a result, the UK is now the world's largest consumer of mangoes. Mango tikka masala is the new national dish.

How are people coping? Do they regret Brexit at all? We asked some people in 2027.

Fisherman Tony Pike said business was booming. "Business was booming," he said.

Grimsby has long been the home of fish and chips and Mr Pike is glad to continue that tradition. "Now we're out of the EU I can use my trawler to gather them up. Of course the North Sea ran out of fish in 2022 after we abolished the quotas, but I regularly scoop up packets of uneaten oven chips and sell them on to fish shops."

Homeless man Michael Gove misses the old days. "We can't even get French wine any more, it's too expensive. Instead we just have this awful English stuff. I mean, I'm patriotic but this is taking the piss."

Political veteran Nigel Farage has started a new political party called the United Kingdom Internationalist Party (UKIP) which seeks to engage with European neighbours more, and perhaps rejoin the EU. "They could help us out," he said. "They divert money from the richer countries like Poland to poorer ones like us."

He added, "It seems strangely familiar. But then my memory isn't so good these days what with all the mercury in the water."

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