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Greenpeace takes over infamous Leave campaign Brexit bus and replaces 'lies' with the 'truth' outside Westminster


By Rebecca Stewart | Trends Editor

July 18, 2016 | 4 min read

Greenpeace has hijacked Vote Leave's old campaign bus and parked it outside Westminster as part of a PR stunt which the charity said aims to remove the "lies" promised by Brexit-backing politicians and replace them with the "truth."


Greenpeace has hired the Leave Campaign's Brexit Bus for a PR stunt outside Westminster / Greenpeace

The double-decker bus found itself at the centre of a media storm in June, after it was emblazoned with a poster which claimed that by leaving the EU £350m a week would be freed up to spend on the UK's NHS.

Now the environmental group has covered up the claims with giant text reading: 'Time for the Truth' – a phrase that will be covered up by stickers containing more than 10,000 questions for the government posed by the public.

The vehicle has since reportedly been used by singer Will Young and the Pakistan cricket team since the EU referendum, meaning that Greenpeace had to reinstate Vote Leave's branding just to adorn it with its very own decals urging political figures to "come clean" in the aftermath of the EU vote.

The stunt was initially broadcast on Facebook Live, to give supporters an insight into the thinking behind the imitative, and showcase reaction from parliament.

"The EU referendum campaign was full of exaggerations and lies on both sides. With a brand new government now in place, we need to demand that our new leaders will shape our future on truth, not more lies," said Greenpeace in a statement published on its website.

The group said that "Theresa May, Boris Johnson and the rest of the new government need to hear what we are all concerned about most," and has been urging people to send in their message to Brexit supporting MPs via Facebook and Twitter but asked supporters to be "polite and respectful".

Two weeks ago, the ASA revealed that despite having no authority over political ads, it had received over 350 complaints about referendum campaigns from both sides of the fence.

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