Paddy Power have today released imagery of a 110-ft Theresa May statue, offering Europe a two-fingered salute from the White Cliffs of Dover.
Or, as they call it in Westminster – a hard Brexit.
Ahead of the embattled Prime Minister’s trip to Brussels on Thursday – after David Davis opened Brexit negotiations by handing over mountaineering gifts, effectively telling the EU to take a hike – the mischievous bookmaker has offered her some ‘strong and stable’ support.
The spectacular statue could be seen from Normandy, took a 12-man crew a full week to assemble and erect, and sends a clear message to the UK’s soon-to-be former EU neighbours – even if the General Election results didn’t.
They were such a disaster for May that Paddy Power make it ODDS ON that more than one Prime Minister will be involved in Brexit talks (2/7) – and just 13/8 that a second General Election will be called this year.
And the chances of May performing a U-Turn, her party piece, and deciding that the UK should instead remain in the EU, are rated at 20/1.
Spokesman Paddy Power said: “I’m really proud of this statue, if only because it’s the first time that I can legitimately claim to have a huge erection.
“We tried to make the installation look as life-like as possible to Theresa May – which is why it’s two-dimensional and largely wooden.
“During construction, it was both strong and stable, but soon went weak and wobbly when the winds changed. Someone had to bring her down for her own safety.”
“A massive statue and gale-force winds made for a partnership about as rock-solid as the Conservatives and the DUP.”
The structure is of such as scale that the fingernails alone are more than five-foot long. It really is the Mother of all Theresas.
And Theresa’s legs – a key talking point in the UK media during her time as PM so far – are a huge 10-metres tall, the equivalent of almost six Jeremy Corbyns.
While the preparatory work for the stunt was taking place, contractors operated under the cover story of shooting a documentary on the forthcoming ‘Bournemouth Winter Olympics’, which locals lapped up – despite centring on a location more than 200 miles away.
One onlooker said: “After the mess of the election, to pursue a hard Brexit now wouldn’t just flick Europe the Vs – but it would stick two-fingers up to the whole country, too.”
2/7 Two or more different PMs to be involved in the Brexit negotiations before April 2019
13/8 Date Of Next Election – 2017
3/1 No Brexit deal to be reached before April 1st 2019
3/1 The UK to apply to re-join the EU within ten years
10/1 Another EU Referendum to be held before 2018
20/1 Theresa May to perform a U-turn and announce that the UK will Remain