In a leaked email that has been seen by Southend News Network, Theresa May’s campaign manager has confirmed plans to ‘just tell’ Leave voters that the UK has left the European Union while actually remaining within it. 

With the ambitious plans, Mrs May has predicted that it will be the perfect solution. The email reads: ‘Most Vote Leave supporters believed a number of lies running up to the vote, so they will probably believe this one as well.’

‘When we pretend to activate Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, we will then spend the next two years putting up a load of Union Jack flags and playing Rule Britannia and Jerusalem from a network of loudspeakers.’

‘We will finish off two years later with a great big street party to celebrate our ‘independence,’ and the silly buggers probably won’t even notice when they can still move freely into other EU nations anyway.’

A spokesperson for May’s Tory leadership opponent Andrea Leadsom said: ‘In the event of Andrea becoming Prime Minister, she intends to carry out a similar tactic in reverse for the Remain crowd.’