The graffiti from the EU referendum campaign

'I’ve had a Vote Leave sticker in my window for weeks now but hardly anyone goes down the road where I live so I thought I’d choose the A259 where lots of people will see it'

Ashley Cowburn
Political Correspondent
Wednesday 22 June 2016 10:50
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The mural in Bristol showing Donald Trump and Boris Johnson
The mural in Bristol showing Donald Trump and Boris Johnson

It's not just the politicians who have been engaged in acrimonious debate during the EU referendum. While Boris Johnson, David Cameron et al have been hurling insults at each other, voters have also been expressing their views - in the form of graffiti.

One of the most striking examples has been a mural depicting Donald Trump and Johnson kissing each other to highlight what some perceive as the right-wing, narrow-minded message promoted by Leave campaigners.

The image, which shows the presumptive Republican presidential candidate with his hand firmly on the former London mayor’s neck as they kiss, popped up in Bristol and is a reworking of the famous 1979 image that showed Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet leader, and East German President Erich Honecker kissing.

But it's not just that one – with EU graffiti appearing all over the UK.

Although most of the graffiti has been anti-Brexit, it hasn't all been one-sided. Eighty-year-old John Kapp, a Leave campaigner, was arrested after daubing Vote Leave in white paint on seafront billboards in Brighton. He painted the two-foot high letters on three commercial adverts, a skip and seven buildings. Mr Kapp, who was arrested for criminal damage, told the Argus: “I’ve had a Vote Leave sticker in my window for weeks now but hardly anyone goes down the road where I live so I thought I’d choose the A259 where lots of people will see it.”

 

 

The EU referendum debate has so far been characterised by bias, distortion and exaggeration. So until 23 June we we’re running a series of question and answer features that explain the most important issues in a detailed, dispassionate way to help inform your decision.

 

What is Brexit and why are we having an EU referendum?

 

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Will Brexit mean that Europeans have to leave the UK?

 

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