Plans for a Brexit Museum have been embraced by prominent Leave politicians, with calls for it to be built “big enough to include the iconic red Brexit bus”.
The first steps towards the creation of the so-called “Museum of Sovereignty” were announced yesterday as Eurosceptics began assembling the memorabilia, texts of speeches and newspaper cuttings that tell the story of Britain’s “tumultuous 45-year journey to leaving the EU”.
The museum will celebrate Eurosceptic heroes who challenged Britain’s EU membership, from Labour leftwingers Peter Shore and Tony Benn in the 1970s to the Tory Maastricht rebels of the 1990s through to UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage.
Speaking to the Express following the announcement Vote Leave campaigner and founder of Women for Britain Suzanne Evans said: “We wore suffragette-style sachets in Speakers’ Corner or elsewhere and explained why women would benefit from Brexit.
“I’d like to see one of those sachets in the Brexit museum to remind people that women fought hard to get the vote, how the EU undermined that by stripping it of its power and how Brexit makes voting meaningful again by restoring democracy to our Westminster Parliament.
“Oh, and of course, I’d like the museum to make room for the Vote Leave bus.”
Gawain Towler, a former Ukip spokesman who is secretary of the project, said the aim was partly to create a resource for future academics trying to understand Brexit: “A centre for European disintegration studies if you will,” she told the Financial Times.
Mr Towler said the first task was simply to start gathering up old speeches, mugs, ties and posters before they ended up in a rubbish skip, ensuring that an important part of Britain’s postwar history was not lost.