2016 Christmas Gold Cracker jokes revealed

The votes are in! See who won the top spots for the funniest festive jokes of 2016.

The winning joke for this year's Christmas Gold cracker

The votes are in, and we now have a cracking joke to keep you laughing this Christmas.

After nearly three weeks of voting, the joke about a lack of Brussel sprouts in a post-Brexit Christmas came out on top - followed closely by puns about Sports Direct workers, Mary Berry cookbooks and BHS.

Comedy critic Bruce Dessau, who headed up the Gold judging panel said this year, the selection was full of "cracking gags".

"One thing the British will always be good at is finding the funny side to almost any situation, and it's no surprise that Brexit featured as one of the dominant topics of this year's jokes."

Now, the top six jokes will be included within a bespoke box of Christmas Gold crackers, and have been presented to the winners.

The winning jokester, Laura McDon, has also received £1,500 towards a holiday in addition to her Christmas Gold crackers.

This is the fourth year the team at Gold has held this competition, all in the search of finding the best new modern jokes for your Christmas cracker.

Amateur comedians and jokesters were challenged to write their own festive funnies for the competition, which were put to the public to vote via Twitter.

The first competition was held in 2013, after a poll revealed that 72% of the nation thought cracker jokes were outdated and seven in ten people found themselves groaning rather than giggling as they pulled their crackers on Christmas Day.

The Top 20 Funniest festive jokes for 2016 are revealed:

  1. How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit? No Brussels. (20%)
  2. What do workers at Sports Direct get for Christmas dinner? About 5 minutes (19%)
  3. How do you recognise a Christmas tree from BHS? All the branches have gone. (17%)
  4. I bought my mum Mary Berry's cookbook for Christmas, I tried to get Paul Hollywood's but he'd sold out. (14%)
  5. What's David Cameron's favourite Christmas song? All I Want For Christmas is EU. (14%)
  6. Why has Hilary Clinton asked Santa for a 23-letter alphabet? Because she is sick of F.B.I. (13%)
  7. Why didn't Roy Hodgson go to visit Santa at The North Pole? He couldn't get past Iceland. (12%)
  8. Why are Jeremy Corbyn's Christmas cards on the floor? His cabinet collapsed. (12%)
  9. Philip looks out of the window on Christmas Eve: 'That's some reindeer' he says. The Queen replies: '63 years. Yes, that is a lot.' (11%)
  10. What's the difference between the clementine in your Christmas stocking and Donald Trump? Nothing, they're both a little orange. (10%)
  11. What do you get if you cross Donald Trump with a Christmas Carol? O Comb Over Ye Faithful. (10%)
  12. What's the best advice you can give at the UKIP Christmas party? Avoid the punch. (9%)
  13. Why did the three wise men only have frankincense and myrrh? Because Team GB took all the gold. (8%)
  14. Which parent is likely to do the Christmas shop at Tesco this year? Dad might, Marmite not. (8%)
  15. Why can't the England football team play Yahtzee this Christmas? Because they got rid of Allardyce. (8%)
  16. I can't get to the chocolates in my advent calendar. Foiled again. (8%)
  17. Why is Bob Dylan's sleigh so quiet? Because it has Nobel. (7%)
  18. Why is everyone filing for divorce and custody of the kids this Christmas? Tis the season to be Jolie. (7%)
  19. Who might be cooking Christmas dinner at Number 10 this year? Theresa May. (7%)
  20. Why can't Mary Berry eat turkey sandwiches? Paul Hollywood took all the bread. (4%)