The following statement from Molly Scott Cato MEP has been issued in relation to the choice of image used when launching the

I wanted to respond to the controversy around the choice of image we used to launch our Bad Boys of Brexit website. 

I am really sorry to think that I have caused offence to LGBTIQA+ people and I’d like you to trust me that this is the last thing I would want to do. I heard the message that this image is causing offence and I removed it immediately. Unfortunately the image will continue to circulate for a while and I am sorry about that. 

This was a famous piece of street art from Stokes Croft in Bristol. It was widely welcomed locally as part of the pro-EU campaign and by a community that would be horrified by any suggestion of homophobia and is very supportive of the LGBTIQA+ community.

The image evokes the famous street art on the Berlin Wall of the ‘socialist fraternal kiss’, a greeting between Communist leaders.