The ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ bus will make a stop in York this week.

The big yellow bus, emblazoned with the words Bollocks to Brexit, aims to spark public debate about Brexit and the benefits of remaining in the EU.

It is due to arrive at the Leeman Road coach stop at 2.30pm on Wednesday (December 19).

The B2B bus carries an MC and speakers who will give the case against Brexit, alongside musical performances from @MadeleinaKay the #EUsupergirl and Drew Galdon (a singing Boris Johnson impersonator known as @FauxBoJo).

It is certainly a very different vehicle to the pro-Brexit bus carrying Boris Johnson which came to York during the referendum campaign in May 2016.

‘Denied a voice’

York has already said ‘Pants to Brexit’… Photograph: York For Europe on Facebook
On its tour the B2B Bus has stopped at more than 50 towns and cities, staging rallies for local pro EU groups. Having toured the South of England this week, the bus headed to Brussels and Dublin to target European and international press with its anti-Brexit message.

Co-founder of York For Europe Alex Elliott, 20, will be there to meet the Bollocks bus when it arrives in York.

He is studying at the University of Kent, where he is president of the Young Europeans and FFS (For our Future’s Sake) society, and has already greeted the bus at the Canterbury campus this week. Alex said:

  • I was almost 18 at the time of the referendum. I campaigned for remain in York but missed being able to vote by a matter of months.

    I was devastated by the result and feel like my freedom to live, work and study in Europe is being stripped from me whilst I am denied a voice.

    Having lived in both Luxembourg and the UK and having hoped for a future life in Europe these are rights I cherish and to hear Theresa May celebrating this tragic loss is heart-breaking.

“The bus might be bold in its wording, but we need bold right now,” says Paolo Arrigo, a small business owner and one of the organisers.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy. The best deal is staying in the EU – which is not perfect – and reforming it. We are fighting Brexit using democracy.

“This right to protest is protected in British law and we want to engage with people with all views on Brexit and urge them to write to their MPs.”