Defeated Remainers plot to hang giant EU banner on cliffs of Dover on January 31

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Liberal Democrat MEP Antony Hook has raked in more than GBP14,000 for his campaign to fly the giant banner which reads “We still love EU”. But despite gaining fierce momentum and smashing his target, Mr Hook has drawn criticism from Brexit supporters, who said Remainers need to “just get over it”. His bid has also been resisted by Dover and Deal Tory MP, Natalie Elphicke, who said a more appropriate message to be put on the famous cliffs on Brexit Day would be “We love the UK”.

Writing on his Crowdfunder page, which was set up with a target of GBP5,500 before reaching GBP14,064, Mr Hook said: “Sadly, we can’t stop Brexit now, but we can send a strong message to the world that we still love Europe.

“We might be leaving, but whether you voted leave or remain we still want good relations with our nearest neighbours in the future.

“Our banner will be 150 square metres – which is huge. We’re employing a professional drone pilot to capture the footage.”

After Mr Hook surpassed his target, he wrote on Twitter: “We’re working out ways to make it bigger and more impactful.”

Whipping up support from Remainers, he said: “Will you help send a powerful signal to the world that we are NOT just the land of Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Tommy Robinson?”

Mr Hook, an MEP for South East England, said the banner “sends a message to the world that we still value relationships beyond our borders”.

But Mrs Elphicke said Brexit Day should be a chance to “share our positive message about Britain and the future we can make” and called for “We love the UK” to instead be written on the banner “because we are proud to become an independent nation again”.

She also said fireworks should be set off at 11pm, the time the UK will officially leave the EU.

 

Brexit voters and Remain supporters alike were quick to hit out at Mr Hook’s stunt on social media.

One Twitter user said: “Oh dear. Just get over it.

“The best is about to arrive. It was great until we were stabbed in the back and joined in secret. Now we are free, they can’t hold us back.

“We were put at the back of the queue, now we are free to do what’s best for us.”

Another person wrote on Facebook: “Regardless of how we all voted, we are leaving.

“Those of us who voted Remain need to accept it and work together.”

Another slammed: “Remoaners need to get over it and accept where we are going and change the record.

“You must have very little else to worry about in your lives.”

One Brexiteer said the idea of having “We love the UK” displayed on a giant banner was “even more reason to raise a glass after dry January”.

A Remain supporter said Mr Hook’s banner campaign “makes us like the Brexiteers” and added: “I would prefer to see the money spent on something else – there are people who really need it.”

But others said Mr Hook should go one step further with his cliff message, and have his followers stand “with lights, phones, torches along the coast on the beaches facing EU” to send a message of solidarity to the Europeans.

Thousands of people are expected to attend a party in Westminster on January 31 to mark Brexit Day.

The celebrations will be led by Brexit Party chairman Nigel Farage, who said “it is a big moment in the history of this nation to celebrate”.

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