Published: 16:38, 27 November 2020
| Updated: 18:18, 27 November 2020
Drivers are now greeted with charming signs describing Kent as 'The Toilet of England', thanks to the overnight work of an anti-Brexit campaign group.
Nearly 30 road signs were altered by EU Flag Mafia last night, in what they describe as a "military operation".
The signs normally call Kent 'the garden of England' but this has been changed, thanks to pieces of paper stuck on, to the 'toilet of England'.
It is in protest to the fate the group believe will befall Kent when the UK leaves the EU in January, with thousands of lorries clogging the county's motorways and loos lining the routes.
The move has been named 'Operation Pisspot'.
Some 26 signs on A roads and B roads, spanning Kent's borders with London and East Sussex, were altered, but according to the group three have already been changed back by people who took offence.
The group came to public attention when it raised 42 EU flags across Essex in 2018 to celebrate Europe Day.
Group spokesman Peter Cook said: "The mafia have managed to organise people from the Erith marshes in South East London all the way to the Jury's Gap in Kent near Rye.
"This is a military operation to relabel all of the signs along the Kent border."
"We will point out the mindless chaos to come to our county: 70-mile pile-ups, rotting food and medicine in lorries; dogging parks, portaloos in villages; 30% price rise on some foods in the middle of a global pandemic."
"We must endure Covid-19 as a natural phenomenon. We don't need to ensure Brexit as a man-made project for the benefit of a few disaster capitalists."
He finished by saying the group "may also be delivering some toilet's to Nigel Farage's house."
Mr Farage, who campaigned for years for Brexit, lives in Kent.
There are fears of congestion on Kent roads when the new rules come into place, as HGVs travel to the port of Dover.
In October the government said it had drawn up "detailed plans" to line the M20 and A20 with portable toilets before December 31 when cross-Channel transport will enter a world of "unknown unknowns".
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has previously warned that queues of up to 7,000 trucks could form in Kent unless businesses do more to prepare.
A new lorry park is being built in Ashford, next to Junction 10a of the M20, to open at the end of the Brexit transition period.
Upon completion, the northern section of the plot will be used for HMRC customs checks, with the southern part becoming a holding area for up to 1,700 lorries should delays arise for vehicles crossing the Channel.