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Today is the 200th birthday of the bicycle.

Eurostat, the official statistics office for the European Union, chose to celebrate this in a topical way.

As every politically engaged person in Europe is probably aware, the UK just had a general election, in which Theresa May failed to increase her majority, instead only attaining enough seats for a hung parliament.

As she so often repeated in the campaign, the Brexit negotiations start very, very shortly.

Anyway, back to Eurostat.

They tweeted - or you could say trolled the UK - with the figures on how many bikes the Brits like to purchase from the European Union.

Hint: It's a lot.

In fact, it's the most of any member state.

Ouch. It seems like our bikes are about to get a lot more expensive.

People wondered if it was a bit of a sly dig, given the political circumstances:

Of course, this is all for the 200th birthday of the bicycle.

You must concede, though, the timing does match up beautifully.

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The UK told the EU 'on yer bike' on 29 March, by triggering Article 50, which started the formal negotiation process of exiting the European Union.

As a result the UK will quit the EU by 29 March 2019 at the latest.

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