Greenpeace has acquired Vote Leave's '£350 million for the NHS' bus and is repainting it outside Parliament

The campaign group has attacked the 'lies' of the EU referendum campaign

Jon Stone
Monday 18 July 2016 15:15
The bus's old logo and legend was covered up
The bus's old logo and legend was covered up

The environmentalist group Greenpeace has acquired the infamous “£350 million a week” bus owned by campaign group Vote Leave.

The coach was subject to intense criticism during the EU referendum campaign because it bore text falsely claiming that Britain paid the EU £350 million a week.

Campaigners such as Boris Johnson and Iain Duncan Smith suggested the NHS could be given the money instead.

Greenpeace is redecorating the bus with the words “Time For Truth” and “#comeclean”, and is soliciting other messages from members of the public to put on the side.

The repainting and covering occurred within sight of Parliament on Monday morning.

The environmental campaigners tracked down the vehicle last week, they said. They have not purchased it and are renting it from the company that owns it.

Greenpeace executive director John Sauven called for clarity on what the next steps were after Brexit.

“The referendum campaign was marred by exaggerations and lies, and now we need the truth,” he said.

The bus was repainted

“That's why we're covering Boris Johnson's battle bus with thousands of questions for the new Government from Leave and Remain voters.

“People want to know what ministers will do to keep our rivers and beaches clean once EU environment laws no longer apply in Britain.

Boris Johnson and the Vote Leave campaign touring the UK in their Brexit Battle Bus. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

"They want to know what the Government will do about air pollution and climate change after we Brexit. Some just want to know if their European friends will be allowed to stay here.

Inside Greenpeace's giant polar bear, Aurora

“Only 329 MPs got to vote on who the next prime minister would be. The public didn't get a say; they want answers about the future, and this time they want the truth.”

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