Greenpeace has acquired the heavily criticised Vote Leave bus and parked it in Westminster today (18 July). The vehicle was emblazoned with the promise that Britain would send the £350m ($463m) a week the government gives to the EU and spend it on the NHS.

The activists want to replace the "bold-faced lie" used in the campaign ahead of the historic EU Referendum on 23 June with "thousands of messages of hope" and questions from the public for the government to answer.

The "rebranding" of the bus comes after many from the Leave campaign distanced themselves from the promise, most notably Nigel Farage a matter of hours after it had been declared Britain had voted to leave the EU.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Ukip's Douglas Carswell and Secretary of State for Internatioal Development Priti Patel were just some of the Leave campaigners who posed with the bus ahead of the referendum.

Greenepeace is now the asking the public to send in their messages to be placed on the bus as Prime Minister Theresa May, Johnson and the rest of the new government "need to hear what we are all concerned about most", reminding people that the messages should be "polite and respectful".

Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said: "The referendum campaign was marred by exaggerations and lies, but now we need the truth. That's why we're covering Boris Johnson's battle bus with thousands of questions for the new government from Leave and Remain voters.

"People want to know what ministers will do to keep our rivers and beaches clean once EU environment laws no longer apply in Britain. They want to know what the government will do about air pollution and climate change after we Brexit. Some just want to know if their European friends will be allowed to stay here.

"Only 329 MPs got to vote on who the next prime minister would be. The public didn't get a say, they want answers about the future, and this time they want the truth."