This 'limited edition' Brexit mug pretty much sums everything up

Press Association

The best analogy on the current state of the British government this week is awarded to a pottery firm from Yorkshire that has gone viral after one of its potters made a Brexit-themed mug – complete with holes in its sides.

Bentham Pottery, which is based in Ingleton, cheekily carved the word “Brexit” into the side of a mug, obstructing it from carrying any liquid.

Lee Cartledge, the creator of the mug, told the Press Association: “You always associate cups of tea with the British public and it was quite an inoffensive way to explain how I felt about the whole Brexit scenario.”

It looks brilliant but when you actually use it it’s not so good.

The 52-year-old, who said he is not "overtly political" but still voted Remain, posted the picture on Facebook with the caption: “Limited edition commemorative Brexit mug available from 29th March 2019.”

What he didn't expect was how viral it was going to get, with the post having been shared tens of thousands of times since Tuesday.


Limited edition commemorative Brexit mug available from 29th March 2019.

Posted by Bentham Pottery on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

“I’ve given up looking at the messages,” he said. “But one person said ‘Bentham Pottery for prime minister’ which made me laugh a little bit.”

It seems like the post has gone viral at the perfect time, considering Theresa May is currently facing yet another setback with resignations of key Cabinet members and also a letter of no-confidence from Jacob Rees-Mogg.

“I did toy with the idea of not posting (the mug) until I had glazed it, which would have been in three weeks time,” Cartledge said. “But I think I made the right decision in posting it now.”

As the mug is proving to be a hit online, Cartledge is thinking about selling a batch of 60 at “a good price”, as he says it is “sort of a work of art in a way”. He even offered to donate the mug to his local MP and chief whip Julian Smith, because "he'll be in need of a strong Yorkshire brew at the moment".

We'll drink to that.

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