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Structure Of Theresa May Flicking The V-Sign At Europe Goes Up In Kent

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Structure Of Theresa May Flicking The V-Sign At Europe Goes Up In Kent

Almost a year ago, Britain put two fingers up to Europe and cheered on Brexit (well, 52 percent of voters did anyway).

After that, David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister, Theresa May took over, and we were told: "Brexit means Brexit and we're going to make a success of it."

Article 50 was triggered in March (not that anyone was sure how to feel about it) and, in the middle of a general election, it keeps getting dragged up in various questions.

We know that Theresa May wants Brexit to happen - it's partly why she called the election - and that's now become the subject of a new structure, erected on the most British of symbols.

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A huge cut-out of Theresa May stands on the White Cliffs of Dover, with the current Prime Minister sticking up two fingers to France and the rest of Europe.

Credit: Simon Hare

It shows the leader of the Conservative party dressed in a Union Jack skirt while flicking the V-sign.

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It's unclear who is responsible for the construction but it is believed to have already been taken down.

Samantha Stanley told Kent Online: "They were putting up the scaffolding on Friday and over the weekend but Mrs May went up early this morning.

"They were filming it with a drone when we walked past at about 8.45am."

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Some locals have found the effigy funny, whereas others are shocked at what they have seen.

Simon Hare said: "Whether you agree or disagree with Brexit, it was crass, vulgar and insulting to any Europeans coming into Dover on the ferry, and a ridiculous message to send to Europe when we are about to start negotiating our exit from the EU!"

Betting company Paddy Power did something similar in 2012 by erecting a huge statue of manager Roy Hodgson, which stood over 100ft tall on the cliffs, ahead of the Euro 2012 football tournament.

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Credit: PA

A National Trust spokesman said: "This is not on land that we own. We have raised this with our partners."

It is believed to be land owned by Bluebirds café, which is situated on the cliff and was recently put on the market for November 2016 for £3.5m.

The general election is only three days away, with the public going to the polls on 8th June, and Brexit has formed a large part of the debate between the party leaders. The type of Brexit that should be negotiated, a second referendum, and the future make-up of the United Kingdom are all subjects that have been raised during the campaign.

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Will it be a quick two fingers up to Brussels, or a polite handshake and a smooth walk away?

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: theresa may, general election, swearing, politics

Michael Minay
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