Remembering the Brexit Effigies

This page is provides links to the past anti-Brexit protest efforts that involved the large satirical effigies created by Jacques Tilly.

This series of videos has been compiled from both video and stills collected over the last four years, and tries to illustrate not only the protests themselves, but some the background of these floats. They are not ‘documents of record’ but provide the sights and sounds of protest events, with appropriate backing tracks.

Follow the links below to see each of the videos:

The Starting Gun

This video shows the first appearance of the Theresa May ‘Gun’ float at the 2017 Rose Monday procession and the subsequent arrangement to show it in London at the ‘Unite for Europe’ March on the 25th March 2017. What happened next shook the UK.

Monstrosity in Manchester

This video shows the Monstrosity’s creation and delivery to Manchester to lead the march at the Conservative Party Conference on 1st October 2017. And then what happened?

Monstrosity’s Odyssey

The Monstrosity was originally commissioned (and funded) to lead the march to the Conservative party Conference on 1st October 2017, but due to public demand was stored near Manchester for further events before returning to London. It was was used more times in 2019 and 2020.

May’s Nose

This video features the Theresa May Nose’ Float’s introduction at the Rose Monday Carnival procession in Dusseldorf on 4th March 2019 and subsequent use in the People’s Vote March in London on 23rd March 2019 and final demise as she was deposed as Prime Minister later that year.

Demonic Cummings’ Puppet

This video shows the creation of the Demonic Cummings ‘Puppet’ float and appearance at the ‘Final Say’ March in London on 19th October 2019. The ‘Puppet’ is still alive and well, in case Cummings makes a comeback!

Baby and the Runner

Two floats have appeared at the Dusseldorf Karnival procession and not been seen in the UK. Theresa May’s Baby appeared in 2018 but was felt unsuitable for appearance in protests in the UK – see if you agree!

The float ‘Scotland doing a Runner‘ appeared on Rose Monday on 24th February 2020, and has remained in storage ever since as a result often Corona pandemic. But its time to visit the UK will come!

The Brextract 2021

On Rose Monday 2021 (15th February) the German TV channel WDR broadcast a profile documentary of sculptor Jacques Tilly as part of their programmes in place of live coverage of the annual Rose Monday Carnival Procession.

A part of that programme focussed on the Brexit protest floats made during the last 4 years. This video is a 3-minute extract of that programme.

Feedback to EUtube

If you have any comments on any of the videos, which are not documentaries and have been produced from personal material to represent the sights and sounds of Brexit protests, or would like copies of any of them, please specify which you’d like and write to the following email address: