Scottish tabloid newspaper The National has asked its readers to critique the Brexit negotiations by designing the front page of the print edition.
The Herald & Times group's two-year-old title, created to back Scottish independence, released a blank front page on Twitter and asked users to fill in the gaps as a means of denigrating Brexit secretary David Davis’ back and forth claims about Brexit impact assessments; primarily that they existed, then didn't, then that they were surplus to requirements.
The best entry was to be printed in the Thursday edition.
It's over to you, readers! What will the impact of Brexit be? Help the UK Government out by writing or drawing on tomorrow's front page box, then tweet us a picture of it pic.twitter.com/LmQfyaH2Dv
— The National (@ScotNational) December 6, 2017
Here are a few efforts contributed by social media users.
— Kenneth Whyte (@kdtwhyte) December 7, 2017
Secret Brexit impact reports revealed at last: pic.twitter.com/SOHcATvxyo
— davidbishop (@davidbishop) December 7, 2017
— Kristian #FBPE (@LoveEUToo) December 7, 2017
— Michał (@fin1804) December 6, 2017
— Patricia Mac Bride (@IRLPatricia) December 7, 2017
— Shaun (@Shiny02) December 7, 2017
— Max Carnage (@DoktorG) December 6, 2017
Every time I need something to sum up Brexit in a satirical nutshell Hieronymus Bosch has something very apt, but this in relation to the UK map is uncanny.#thenational#Brexit#BrexitImpactReportspic.twitter.com/E8KXInExb4
— GillCrin (@GillCrin) December 7, 2017
— Hoidy (@Hoidy) December 7, 2017
— T! (@Tartantrums) December 7, 2017
— Elihu Aranday (@Mondongho) December 7, 2017
National editor Callum Baird told The Drum: "We knew The National's readership wouldn't let us down - and they didn't. We actually did a front page last week which was just full of redacted text, but of course we weren’t to know then that there was apparently nothing to hide all along.
“We were confident it would get a good reaction but thought we might have to wait until morning until our readers got the print version and their felt-tip pens out - but the suggestions started coming in thick and fast about 10 minutes after we posted it on Twitter.
“It’s obviously really struck a chord with scunnered people who can’t help but laugh at the absurdity of the UK’s approach to Brexit. Some of the readers’ suggestions were brilliant – particularly those who took the time to make GIFs.”