Response to use of ‘fraternal kiss’ street art in relation to use of website

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.