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Brexit, May 2017





Date: 7 May 2017
Location: Dover, England
Banksy‘s mural of a workman chiseling away at a star in the European Union flag appeared on the side of a building in Dover in May 2017.
This mural symbolizes Brexit, the departure of the UK from the EU, precisely at a contentious time for European politics: while the UK was undergoing a general election that could dictate their relationship with EU. On the other side of the Channel, only 80 km away, France was also deciding on its European future.
The mural had become a landmark in Dover, the ferry port that connects the UK with France. Tourists had often stopped to see the mural and take selfies with an original Banksy.


On 25 August 2019, a massive scaffolding was raised over the mural. On 10 September, the scaffolding was taken down, and the mural was gone. Whether the mural had been removed from the wall, or, if it had been whitewashed, is still a mystery…
A few days later, Banksy published on his Instagram account his plans for the mural for the day of the Brexit…
“Oh. I had planned that on the day of Brexit
I was going to change the piece in Dover to this.. But seems they’ve painted over it.
I guess a big white flag says it just as well.”