- UK asks schoolchildren to sing “One Nation, One Britain” song as the country marks 5 years since Brexit.
- The call by the Education department was met with thousands of mostly derisive responses.
- The UK on Wednesday marked the anniversary of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
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The UK government has backed a campaign for schoolchildren to come together and sing a song for “One Nation, One Britain day”, as the country marks five years since the vote to leave the European Union.
The Education Department on Tuesday tweeted a link to the campaign, which has been championed by Conservative members of Parliament.
-Department for Education (@educationgovuk) June 21, 2021
The song, which includes the lyrics “We are Britain and we have one dream to unite all people in one great team”, ends with the line “Strong Britain, Great Nation,” repeated four times.
The campaign website, linked to by the government, is encouraging school children to sing the song this Friday.
-Politics For All (@PoliticsForAlI) June 22, 2021
The call was met with widespread mockery on social media, with thousands of responses to the tweet by the department headed up by Gavin Williamson.
Downing Street figures have since distanced themselves from the call, Politico reported on Wednesday.
It comes as the UK marks five years since the vote for Brexit.
Marking the occasion, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement on Tuesday that: “The decision to leave the EU may now part of our history, but our clear mission is to utilise the freedoms it brings to shape a better future for our people.”
A poll published on Tuesday suggests that a narrow majority of British people now oppose Brexit.
51% of people told pollsters Savanta/Comres that they would vote to Remain in the EU, as opposed to 49% who would still back Britain’s exit.
Separate polling released by NatCen and What the UK thinks this week found limited enthusiasm for the terms of Britain’s exit, however.
Just 21% in Britain said the UK had left the EU with a good deal, compared with 36% who said it had secured a bad deal.
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