While the rest of the UK is forced into deciding which Etonian to be lied to by, residents of Queen Victoria’s ‘favourite place to die’ are somewhat out of-the-loop. Unaware of their EU membership, many islanders were still under the impression that we were fighting Napoleon, seeking reparations from the Romans, and still using Betamax.
One islander defended the general ignorance, ‘Sea levels around the Island annually rise by 6mm; so technically each year we are a little less European…and slightly more aquatic’. She added, ‘It’s a bit upsetting to realise I may be out of something before I was barely in. I feel like one of Katie Price’s husbands’.
A Home Office spokeswoman commented: ‘We haven’t the heart to tell them that the rest of the UK ceded from the Isle Wight in 1992. The EU does recognise them but only as unclaimed maritime salvage’.