LEAVING the EU may once have seemed like child’s play but it’s now got the grown-ups throwing their toys out of the pram.
So The Sun on Sunday decided to hand over the Brexit road map to eight of our readers’ kids to try to work out how it will impact the most vital issues facing Britain.
“I’m worried about lemons,” says eight-year-old Cyrus Cooper, from Darlington, Co Durham. “What if we can’t get them after Brexit?
“I won’t be able to have lemon drizzle cake. It’s my favourite.”
Before going any further, it seems wise to make sure that our panel, aged six to nine, all know what Brexit is.
Oliver Forster, also eight, from Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham, says: “I think it’s something to do with what we’ve all had for our breakfast.”
Seven-year-old James Eley, from Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, seems relieved by Oliver’s explanation, saying: “That’s good. I thought it sounded like a disease. It made me scared.
“I didn’t know what everybody was being so serious about. So what’s a referendum then?”
“It sounds like a Pokemon move,” says Cyrus confidently.
Layla Thompson, eight, from Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham, adds: “It’s a football match between London and the rest of the country, I think.”
Next, the kids are asked who is in charge of Brexit.
When shown a picture of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Cyrus says: “I think he’s like a person from Harry Potter who’s just had a laughing spell put on him.”
James adds: “He’s a scary old man,” while Oliver says: “I think he’s on Britain’s Got Talent.”
Clover Cooper, six, from Darlington, suggests: “The TV sometimes has people at the bottom of the screen that do actions and he’s one of those.”
The Prime Minister is a little more recognisable to the group, who are shown a video of her dancing on to the stage at the Tory Party conference last year.
Cyrus says: “I have seen her on the news, it’s Theresa May. If she walked in right now I’d roast her because of her dance moves. She’d probably trip on the chairs.”
Kaci Jo Bell, six, from Middlesbrough, adds: “She’s walking so funny, it looks like she’s about to fall over. Is she a clown? I think I’d get on with her.”
When Marnie Harper, six, from Middlesbrough, is asked who her dream Prime Minister would be, she says: “My dad! He is my favourite person and he is bossy.”
James suspects Donald Trump is at the heart of Brexit and says: “I think he’s in charge.
“I’ve seen him on the news. He looks like he’s trying to be good but he’s naughty most of the time. Sometimes there are accidents. He doesn’t do them but other people ask him if he’s done it and he sometimes says yes and sometimes no.”
Nine-year-old Ava Hancock, from Newton Aycliffe, says: “I thought he looked a bit orange.”
Cyrus says: “When I saw Donald Trump on the news I thought about his wig and how it did not look like actual hair, even though he tried to make it look like hair.
“Also, he looked like a chicken on an advert, you know, when they make a chicken nice and golden.”
Next, the kids are asked who they’d like to take charge of Brexit.
Clover says: “The giant from Jack And The Beanstalk, because if anyone did do something wrong he would climb down the beanstalk and get them, so he’d be a really good Prime Minister.
“Also Mr Tickle, as he has really stretchy arms and he could reach over the sea if they did anything bad to us in Europe.”
Kaci Jo has other ideas, saying: “I want the BFG [Big Friendly Giant, not to be confused with the ERG] in charge because he is big and he can just go and get them and shout at them if they do anything else wrong in Brussels.”
This last comment baffles some of the others. “What’s Brussels?” two of them ask. Oliver reckons he knows. “It’s where Brussels sprouts for Christmas are made,” he says.
Marnie is slightly off-target, saying: “Brussels? I think it’s in Germany.”
Cyrus adds: “I think everybody there is green and eats sprouts and the fields are made of toothbrushes.”
But the group seem less clued up about the significance of March 29 — the day we are due to leave the EU. Looking confused, Clover asks: “Is it April Fool’s Day? Is it Easter?”
James tries: “Is it a big day of celebrations?”
Cyrus says: “It’s the day Brexit ends, I think. Then we won’t be able to go on holiday but we’ll still be able to go to Harry Potter World and Center Parcs.”
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Perhaps a little optimistically, Clover asks: “Will it be the day everyone starts smiling again?”
Cyrus adds: “I think everything will be more expensive, except food that’s homegrown, because we can get that for free. All we have to do is get it delivered to the shops, then the shops will wash it and we’ll have food.
“I’m going to plant some oranges and lemons. It might be quite fun.”
With the PM facing one of the trickiest spells of her career next week, at least she’s now got some fresh insight into the issues ahead.