Under WWF rules UK residents would be placed on the endangered species list and managed in sustainable habitats. Oil and gas mining would be restricted, and trade with the EU limited to dealing in charity shop goods.
Commenting on the near-miss Nigel Farage said: “Well, you see, leave means leave. Whether it’s WTO, WWF or WTF it doesn’t matter as long as we leave on the 31st of October.
“If WWF terms mean this wonderful country becomes a nature reserve, then I’m all for it, but I’d still want assurances that there will be controls to stop immigrants coming here and scaring the indigenous species.”
Boris Johnson, never a man to miss an opportunity, has already added himself to the WWF’s endangered species list in the hope of being matched for a breeding programme.