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Michael Gove Trolled With Sand Portrait 'Visible From Space' In Latest Led By Donkeys Stunt

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 02/09/2019 Chris York
a large body of water with a mountain in the background: Led By Donkeys © Led By Donkeys Led By Donkeys

Led by Donkeys have escalated their guerrilla anti-Brexit campaign with a portrait of Michael Gove so large the group claims it was “visible from space”.

The picture was drawn into the sand on Redcar beach in North Yorkshire, and features a quote from the cabinet minister in which he said the UK “didn’t vote to leave without a deal” in the 2016 EU referendum.

Posting drone footage of the 7,500 sq metre artwork, Led by Donkeys wrote:“Our unelected Prime Minister is suspending Parliament to force through a No Deal Brexit that the Leave campaign leader admits nobody voted for. Johnson & Gove want us to forgot that fact.

A sand installation on Redcar beach in North Yorkshire which depicts Michael Gove next to his quote "We didn't vote to leave without a deal." © PA A sand installation on Redcar beach in North Yorkshire which depicts Michael Gove next to his quote "We didn't vote to leave without a deal."

“So we made it visible from Space.”

Despite only uttering these words in a column in March, Gove has since backed Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament.

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The PM has insisted he’s taken the action in order to set out an “exciting” new domestic agenda in a Queen’s speech, but opposition MPs have accused him of trying to kill off attempts to block a no-deal Brexit.

On Sunday, Gove refused to confirm the Government would abide by legislation blocking a no-deal Brexit if it is forced through by Tory rebels and the opposition this week.

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The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster also said that some food prices would increase in the event of withdrawal from the EU without an agreement with Brussels, the Press Association reports.

Pressed repeatedly on whether the Government would abide by a successful bid by Commons opponents to pass legislation preventing a no-deal withdrawal on October 31, Gove told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show: “Let’s see what the legislation says.

“You’re asking me about a pig in a poke. And I will wait to see what legislation the opposition may try to bring forward.”

Gove added: “For me, the most important thing is to bear in mind actually, we already have legislation in place which an overwhelming majority of MPs voted for.

“We already have an EU Withdrawal Act, we already have the notice on Article 50, the process by which we leave the EU.”

The comments come ahead of another pivotal week in the Commons and an expected clash when opponents of no deal look set to try to seize control of the parliamentary agenda to push through legislation delaying Brexit beyond October 31.


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