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Düsseldorf's Brexit suicide float off to London to join pro-EU movement

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Düsseldorf's Brexit suicide float off to London to join pro-EU movement
The float at Düsseldorf Carnival. Photo: DPA.
16:27 CET+01:00
A satirical Carnival float showing the British Prime Minister with a ‘Brexit' gun in her mouth is set to become an iconic new addition to a Unite for Europe campaign.

The float made its debut at the Düsseldorf Carnival last month, which traditionally entertains guests with politically satirical floats mocking major politicians. It depicts Theresa May sticking a gun emblazoned with “Brexit” into her mouth, over the words “Good luck, Great Britain!”

The float's creator, Jacques Tilly, was reportedly about to get rid of it when he got a call from Peter French of the Unite for Europe campaign, according to local newspaper Rheinische Post (RP) this week.

Now the float is being shipped to London so it can take centre stage in a March for Europe demonstration against Brexit on March 25th.

“We want it to lead our march,” French told RP.

“I think it signifies how we all feel in our country about what she is doing to our country. I think this represents us, it represents Remain.”

French added that he was still convinced the UK would be able to stay in the EU.

“We will fight to the bitter end to actually stop this process. I really wholeheartedly believe we will change this, we will turn this around."

Düsseldorf will also stage its own pro-Europe demo on March 25th - and Tilly will be in attendance.

“A hard Brexit is ridiculous,” said Tilly. “The campaign was founded on xenophobia and fear of immigration. That is a theme that I totally reject.”

See below for the whole interview (in English).

Tilly also made a float of US President Donald Trump, seemingly raping the Statue of Liberty - a scene which sparked great outrage among the Republican leader's supporters online.

A request has also been put in for the Trump float.

“But nothing is definite yet,” said Tilly.

Photo: DPA

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