Mysterious “ballot boxes” placed around a Welsh town have seen people express their regret – and at times anger – about Britain choosing to leave the European Union.
Named a ‘Regreterendum’, six of the wooden boxes were placed around Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan asking passers-by questions such as “Did you go too Far(age)?”, “were you mis-sold Brexit?” and “Je ne regrette rien – or do I?”
Here’s how the boxes look:
It’s not the first time the town has been subjected to the mysterious scheme.
In November, boxes popped up around the town asking residents for their suggestions, but nobody seemed to know exactly what for.
They were labelled with directions such as: “Warning: good suggestions may be implemented.”
Like in November, boxes have been placed in prominent spots around the town over the last month, such as on the seafront, outside Foxy’s Deli, and outside The Pilot Pub.
Here’s the one outside The Pilot:
Since the Brexit vote on June 23, Penarthians have responded in their droves, with more than 150 posts submitted in handwriting so far.
The responses ranged from the genuinely upset:
“I think Brexit is actually heartbreaking. P.S thank you, Suggestion Box. This has been very cathartic.”
“If we are now aligned with ‘fine British values’, what are they? I thought prior to the referendeum result they were perseverence, love and tolerance – but now it seems they are xenophobia, ignorance and hatred. This does not sit well with me.”
“We are a family from Holland, working at the NHS in Cardiff. We will leave Britain and go back.”
To the passionate:
“We want and love the EU.”
“Young people should have been able to vote in the EU Referendum.”
“Regulate Brexit not breakfast advertising! On what planet does it make sense that the Independent Advertising Standards Authority protects us against making bad breakfast cereal choices due to misleading advertising – yet there’s no governing body to regulate political marketing? The consequences of buying into Brexit are far more hazardous than being brainwashed into buying Coco Pops!”
To the light-hearted:
“Batman 4 Prime Minister. Holy Brexit, we’re screwed.”
“Should be in it! Init?”
And there were those who voiced their agreement with the result of last month’s vote:
“Out. Out. Out. Out. Out. Out.”
So, who’s behind it?
The organiser of the boxes wants to remain anonymous.
But he said the posts were not votes in any way, and described the cause as “peaceful provocation”.
He said the boxes gave an opportunity for children and others in Penarth who weren’t allowed to vote a chance to also be heard.
He said: “The EU referendum was a snapshot of in/out opinion.
“This town voted to remain. The opinion of its citizens is at odds with a divided nation.
“The boxes were installed to encourage an ongoing conversation in the town and because we were interested in three things. Firstly, what was the thinking behind people’s broad in/out choice?
“I guess we were hopeful there might be positive reasons for leaving we hadn’t thought of. However the tone and content of leave responses so far suggests otherwise.
“Secondly, what are our young people and those unable to vote thinking? The overwhelming response from them so far is that they would have voted to remain.
“And three, as the rhetoric of the referendum campaigns crystallises into facts and fiction, as the implications of leaving the EU emerge, what is this town thinking and feeling now?”