Anti-Brexit campaigners in Brussels have attempted to destroy mock copies of the Brexit divorce deal with blowtorches and sledgehammers.
Wearing T-shirts that read: “Those who have to live with Brexit don’t want to,” members of Our Future Our Choice, a British pro-EU advocacy group for young people, took to the snowy streets of the Belgian capital to convey their displeasure with Britain’s impending exit.
The pro-EU campaigner Femi Oluwole was pictured igniting a copy of the 585-page tome, which contains the minutiae of the policy, with an industrial blowtorch. Failing to set it alight completely, he succeeded only in slightly singeing the pages as he leaned away from the flames and grimaced. Later, he was videoed making better progress.
Meanwhile, behind him, another man was seen repeatedly smashing a cardboard version of the divorce deal.
Elsewhere, a shredder was used to reduce a separate copy of document to ribbons, as another fell foul of a pair of garden shears.
Nearby, in the city that houses the European commission, a man wearing both a union jack and an EU flag as a scarf jumped up and down on a small trampoline that read: “Stop.” A child in a pram using the 12-starred flag as a quilt looked on.
As part of a protest to coincide with the EU council summit, which on Sunday saw EU leaders back Theresa May’s deal, a battlebus reminiscent of the infamous leave campaign vehicle – which promised to invest £350m per week into the NHS in the event of Brexit – also came to Brussels.
“Dear MPs, 77% of us don’t want Brexit,” read a sign on the side of the bus. “Please stand up for our future.”
The campaigners used the occasion to renew calls for a people’s vote. “If we end up with a deal that no part of the country wants, that is a dangerous day for democracy,” Oluwole told activists.
The Green party MEP Molly Scott Cato said: “It would be a total democratic travesty if that deal is forced upon people who voted for something completely different.”