In the aftermath of Brexit and desperate to boost its economy, Britain has joined forces with San Marino, Andorra and the Vatican City State to form a new world-beating trading alliance. Now that the doors of the EU and EFTA have been firmly shut on the UK, the new group is intended to provide impetus for business in all four states. The 'Fab Four' as they are called (hasn't that been used before?) will operate free trade as of today.
"This is wonderful news", said Roberto Galama, a philatelist dealer in the tiny state of San Marino, tucked into Italy somewhere. "I have postage stamps for everyone. But you must be careful. My cousin was jailed for two years for revealing a Tyrian Plum and a Penny Black to minors on a hillside." Other than stamps, San Marino also has sheep farming to offer (7 sheep at the last count). "It's going to be exciting", continued Galama.
The joy could also be seen on the face of the Pope. "Yes," explained the Pontiff, "we are indeed a non-commercial state, but we have plenty to offer: cassocks, mitres, faldas, maniples, indeed vestments without end and in all liturgical colours, even West Ham and Celtic...oh, and magazines, I believe..."
Crowds gathered in Andorra to celebrate the news. "This is a great push for our animal husbandry. We've heard there are plenty of animal husbands in Britain, so we're very optimistic," explained a local farmer.
Quite what Britain has to offer in return remains unclear. A spokesman for the Ministry of Economics stated: "Well, Polish plumbers, Bulgarian barbers,...refugees...that sort of thing. We look forward to a brisk exchange of goods....".