Britain’s proposed exit from The European Union was in turmoil last night after the EU commission revealed that the key Article 50 document, has been lost or mislaid after the German prime minister, Angela Merkel, had a clean round in the office of EU commissioner, Jean-Claude Juncker last week.
A commission insider told us: “After Theresa May announced yesterday that Britain would invoke article 50 in March, we decided we’d better get it out of the drawer in the commissioner’s office just to make sure it was ready for the big day. However, despite hunting high and low, we couldn’t find it. We found all the other articles and some old legislation relating to straight bananas and a proposal to fine butchers for not using metric scales, but no article 50. Most of us reckon Mrs Merkel must have thrown it out when she was having one her tidying round stints last week.”
Merkel, however, strongly denied the accusation last night: “There’s no way I would have thrown out Article 50. All I did was put some out-of-date EU proposals in a black sack along with some leaky biros and a sheaf of UKIP expenses claims that had been paid donkey’s years ago. That office would be an absolute tip if I didn’t give it a bit of a fettle from time to time and that’s a fact. Anyway, if it has been accidentally thrown out, Britain will just have to stay in the EU after all. It’s their own fault. They should have put it in one of those plastic folders I brought in specially and kept it up on a shelf out of the way”
This latest incident is the biggest major embarrassment for the EU since The Treaty of Lisbon was left on a table in the canteen at their Brussels HQ in 2007 and was later found on the floor with baked bean juice on one of the corners.