A 50p coin to commemorate Brexit happening on October 31 has been given the go-ahead to be minted - even though Britain might not have left the EU by then.

The Treasury has confirmed that three million coins commemorating leaving the EU will be ready by ' Brexit day'.

Optimistic Tory ministers received the proclamation from the Queen on the minting of coins on Tuesday night.

And the Treasury has confirmed that three million coins commemorating leaving the EU will be ready by Halloween .

But it comes as a No 10 source said a Brexit deal was "essentially impossible" after a call between the PM and Angela Merkel.

Boris Johnson has said he'll comply with the law that would see Brexit delayed again
 

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So with the prospect of a deal on the ropes, and the government repeatedly said it will obey the law, it looks like we might end up with potentially millions of coins with a date that was missed printed on them.

The proclamation confirmed that they will feature the inscription “PEACE, PROSPERITY AND FRIENDSHIP WITH ALL NATIONS” and "be accompanied by the date 31 October 2019".

The announcement comes into force tomorrow October 9th, meaning that the coins can begin being printed from Wednesday.

The coins will become legal tender and will be stocked by banks and post offices and can be spent in shops.

In total, more than 10 million of these coins will be produced over the coming year, the Treasury confirmed.

The Royal Mint struck a 50p coin when the UK joined the European Economic Community in 1973, and again when the UK joined the Single Market in 1992 and held the presidency of the EU in 1998.