Anti-Brexit installation appears across Arlington House flat in Margate

Rob Yates wants to see a second referendum Photo Joel Knight

An Arlington House resident has used his home for the launch of an anti-Brexit ‘installation.’

Wind farm worker Rob Yates commissioned Margate design agency BRYL to create the BLOCKBREX.IT​ sign, which will have LED lighting in the evening, across the entire window of the flat in the high-rise block.

BLOCKBREX.IT is also a​ ​ website where people can play a retro-style game. Players fire European ball-shape  flags at block head politicians who led the country to Brexit. When the player has hit all the blocks a message appears, followed by another politician’s face.

BRYL​, the design agency responsible, said: ​“We took direct inspiration from the tower block to create  something captivating and interactive. Something that would demand attention to the subject matter in more of a fun and playful way than the typical political sloganeering.”


Rob, who moved to Margate from Leeds last year, is hoping for a second referendum. He said: “We may have voted for a Brexit journey, but we never voted on the destination. ​

“I want this art installation to make people think and realise that the conversation isn’t over.”

The EU Referendum took place in June 2016 with the close run result of 51.89% of voters opting to leave the EU and 48.11% voting to Remain.

The Thanet result was 46,037 votes to Leave and 26,065 to Remain.

Anyone interested in the project or discussion can join the social media conversation with the  #BLOCKBREXIT hashtag


  1. This of course will require planning permission. Knowing the speed that the enforcement department works in Thanet , this could still be in place in 2025.

  2. Another referendum,Rob? And if that votes to leave EU,what then? ANOTHER vote until you get your own way?Typical Remainer,doesn’t like the democrat process if the vote doesn’t go the way they like.Go live in China or Vietnam – and see how many times you’re allowed to vote their. And websites where you shoot at known politicians – perhaps inciting violence? Could well be illegal…

      • Then wait for a general election,where a main party has another referendum in its manifesto,and vote for them.After all,that’s how we got the original referendum.

    • Usual inability to spell – Brexit voters couldn’t do a window installation without severe personal embarrassment! Have a go Frank but better consult a chinese person to get the spelling right, eh?

      • I have a Ph.D and teach at a university (and have done for many years).Usual inability of Remainers to accept a free and fair democratic vote (so,avoiding the main issue) and fall back on ill-informed abuse about someone you have never met and don’t know.Myself,I prefer a free and open discussion on the issues.Oh, and shouldn’t ‘Çhinese’ be written with a capital C? Consult someone with a high level of education to get punctuation correct next time…

    • You have a good point. Perhaps a second referendum shouldn’t be allowed – and since the first one was overwhelmingly in favour of staying in the EU – vote back in the 1970s, then this second one from 2016 would have to be deemed null and void. If you want to have the 2016 referendum vote allowed then that also opens the door to multiple rounds of voting Choose carefully!

    • What happens at a general election? One party wins but the other parties don’t suddenly say they’ll agree to the winner’s policies. The campaign to change the government at the next election. That’s why I’ll continue to oppose Brexit.

  3. People were not very well-informed during the Brexit referendum. Of course there should not be innumerable referenda on the same thing, but when new facts emerge then people should have a chance to reconsider the subject and then to vote again.

    • Then wait for a general election where a main party has another referendum in its manifesto,and vote for them;that’s how we got the original leave referendum.

      • Actually, that’s how we got the second one too. The original one back in the 1970s was massively in favour of staying in the EU. The second one was very marginal in comparison.

  4. Sorry Frank but it’s ‘to vote there’ not ‘to vote their’. I guess they were right about the well-educated voting remain to retain our trade, jobs and economic prosperity. Never mind, at least we can take comfort we’ve taken back control of our country as we watch prices soar on imported goods, runaway inflation, increasing wage stagnation and rises in xenophobia and racial abuse. God bless the Empire.

    • Sorry for the typo,perhaps you’ve never made one.Those who want another referendum should wait for a general election where a main party has another referendum in its manifesto,and vote for them;that’s how we got the initial referendum.As for your doom and gloom predictions,can you see into the future? If so,please post the Euromillions numbers for next week’s draw.

        • By doing intensive primary source research over a number of years,and passing an equally intensive viva from 4 leading authorities in the field,all of which makes double spacing after full stops (something I sometimes do to make my text clearer to the reader) irrelevant. And how about you,and your Ph.D…?

  5. It’s no good just re running the original referendum. We know lots more about it now. We will (eventually!) know what the deal for leaving will be. We can then make a totally new assessment as to whether it is a good idea or not.So it won’t be a “second referendum” , it will be a brand new one. If there is to be a “drop-off the cliff, hard” Brexit, then a “Remain” vote will probably win. If there is a kind of fudge, involving a new Customs Union which is called something else (like a “Regulatory Convergence”), “Remain” might still win because the hard-line Brexists won’t like it and Remainers will realise it is just like the old EU membership so why bother to change it.Either way, there will be a better informed discussion this time. “You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave!” The Eagles “Hotel California.”

    • Those who want another referendum can wait for a general election where a main party has another referendum,and vote for them;that’s how we got the original referendum.

  6. Well done Rob Yates. What’s important about public statements like this, is that it helps generate debate and gives people an opportunity to discuss and understand the pros and cons of Brexit itself and the pros and cons of having a democratic vote about it. People are even beginning to discuss the meaning and extent of British democracy, which is a brilliant step forward. What’s really sad, however, is that we didn’t all have this debate BEFORE the referendum in June 2016. Those leading the campaigns both to leave and to remain failed miserably to identify, explain and encourage public understanding and debate about the real issues then. Furthermore, both sides deliberately failed to do this, in the mistaken belief that the public were too stupid and could be relied upon to vote the way they were told. It didn’t work, and we have ended up in this preposterous position where our current government, with no majority, and therefore no mandate to do so, is intent in bargaining away our children’s place in the world in exchange for what they perceive as their own short-term gain. Meanwhile our domestic agenda is totally neglected and our health, care, housing, policing and education services are falling apart in front of our eyes. To my surprise, I find myself in partial agreement with Mr Frank Jones (although I have to say, a grammatical error born of ignorance or carelessness is not the same thing as a typo, sir. ) My own conclusion is that we don’t just need another referendum, we need a general election and we need to vote for anyone who opposes the self-interested, corrupt, scandal-ridden and anti-democratic organisation that the Tory Party has become.

    • We never had a debate nor a choice in the 1975 referendum! What is infinitely worse, all the 1975 ballot votes were hastily incinerated in the West Midlands, immediately after this “democratic” referendum, all being transported, secretly by armoured trucks, overnight to the incinerators.

        • @Marva Rees: This was common knowledge at the time. It was in all the mainstream newspapers and mainstream news then. Therefore it is no mere assertion, as you maintain, on my part. Other than that, please accept I am not here to do your homework for you.

          • I have tried Google but can only find a reference by someone on a site called Europrobe to having read this assertion in a book which the author does not name.

            Perhaps you could suggest a more reliable source of the information. Thank you.

          • Common knowledge? Really? I remember the 1975 referendum and i’ve never heard this assertion before. Sounds like patent nonsense to me.

      • I think you mean the conspiracy theory that was disproved very soon afterwards. I remember the vote well and was living in the midlands at the time. In those days the midlands were firm believers in the Common Market (as we called it then). Unless you have a credible source of information to quote, then you should retract your comment. This is not a case of doing someone’s homework for them, it is a case of validating yours in the first place. Next you will be telling us Elvis came in by spaceship to supervise the operation!

  7. And here I was beginning to give up on my home town. Thanks for renewing my faith Rob Yates (and Kathy Bailes for writing this article)

    • @J Miller: You need to check out decent people on youtube such as courageous geniuses like David Icke for their stance on the EU con. Wake up!!!!!

        • No, David Icke doesn’t believe the royal family are cross-bred with aliens. He believes they ARE aliens. I’d take that with a few pounds (not kilos) of salt. The rest of his work, such as the banking system, NWO, Big Brother &c., is spot on, however.

      • Omg! I don’t know why I dignified your previous comment with a response as you’re clearly a nutter. David Icke! Ha ha ha ha

        • @Christina: You also ‘dignified’ my latest comment with this response. You clearly get your information regarding David Icke from the mass media, as well as that arrogant Wogan character. Forget his silly views on aliens. It’s the rest of his work which fills the theatres at all his lectures. I’ll be happy to do your research for you by providing you with links, the next time you so humbly deign to ‘dignify’ this comment.

        • @Professor of Economics: The “mass media” was more truthful in those days than what it is now. This attack of yours doesn’t make your remoaner stance in any way correct! Stop clutching at straws.

  8. You’d have to crane your ostrich neck to see this pathetic piece of brainwashing, so high up that it is! Get a life and accept the will of the people to govern themselves, and not by a bunch of greedy banksters.

    • The will, in the case of Brexit, of 52% of the people who actually voted. The ones who voted against leaving the EU were a huge 4% behind, at 48%. A lot of people didn’t bother voting, perhaps because they weren’t very interested or because they felt they didn’t know enough about the subject. Or both.

      The government should have made it clear before the election that anything less than a 60/40 split would not be acted upon. Then we wouldn’t be in this absurd situation.

    • Democracy demands that “the people” have a chance to vote on the negotiated Brexit option. The straight in or out vote did not explain that there would be a hard or soft option. It did not explain all the facts about the minuses and plusses of leaving. We are now better informed as a nation and have every right to vote on what has been agreed in our name – the people of the UK. With the vote so close in the first place I’M SURE BOTH SIDES WOULD FEEL THAT THIS IS DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

      • And NEVER forget, the Blessed Nigel Himself said that a 52/48 result would not settle the issue, but would be “unfinished business!” Plus, the demographic split means more Leavers than Stayers have died since June 2016, and a whole bunch of people who’ve now turned 18 are more Stayers than Leavers. So yes, let’s hear what the sacred “Will of the People” is, once the details of Brexit are known!

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