An offer of a free Banksy print to people who vote against the Conservatives is being investigated by police.
Avon and Somerset Police has received a number of complaints over the secretive street artist's offer.
Applicants from six Bristol constituencies have to send him a ballot paper photo showing a vote against the Tories to get the print.
Police said anyone taking part in the offer could also be prosecuted.
A police spokesman said: "We've received a number of complaints about an offer of a free Banksy print to people living in six Bristol constituencies in exchange for them voting in a certain way in the forthcoming election and we can confirm we're investigating the offer.
"It is a criminal offence under the Representation of the People Act 1983 for any voter to accept or agree to accept a gift or similar in return for voting or refraining from voting.
"Any person participating in an offer to receive a gift is at risk of being prosecuted."
The offer has been made to voters in the Bristol North West, Bristol West, North Somerset, Thornbury, Kingswood and Filton constituencies in and around Banksy's home city.
The artist wrote on his website: "Simply send in a photo of your ballot paper from polling day showing you voted against the Conservative candidate and this complimentary gift will be mailed to you."
The artwork, which he has also put on his Instagram page, reprises his well-known "girl with a balloon" motif, but with a Union Jack in the balloon.
It will be released on 9 June, Banksy said on his website.
A disclaimer states the print was "a souvenir piece" which was not in any way intended to influence voters but was for "amusement purposes only".
I'm trying not to build my hopes up because I couldn't stand the disappointment.
As for Brexit both Corbyn and May have committed themselves to it
Just to clarify, Trump's decision re Paris accord will not affect peoples' voting intentions
and Corbyn is committed to Brexit.
I can't see Corbyn not doing Brexit, I can see concessions along the way like second referendums, but I can't see him not doing it.
... there is simply no way to make Brexit work.
Consider just a few items:
Britain wants to have its cake and eat too, keeping tariff-free access for trade with the nations of the E.U, but having the freedom to limit free movement of people, and also opting out of many E.U. laws and regulations. But there is no way the E.U leadership will allow that.
Some 14,000 trucks travel between Dover and Calais every day. Imagine if they were subject to border inspections?
The defunct British auto industry was rescued by Japanese and Korean carmakers after the Thatcher government extended generous tax breaks. Britain became their export platform to continental Europe. If there is no more free trade between Britain and the continent, other nations will be happy to take these factories.
Fully half of all British exports go to E.U. countries. But only ten percent of E.U. exports go to Britain. Guess which side has more leverage in the negotiations?
Since Thatcher, Britain’s most important industry has been international finance. With the threat of Britain losing access to barrier-free export of financial services, the big American and British banks are already making contingency plans to move operations to Dublin, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and so on.
The state of play is that negotiations on the details will continue through 2019 or 2020. At some point, the reality will sink in that Brexit can’t be done, except at immense pain to Britain’s economy.
Denis MacShane, former Europe minister in the Blair government, wrote a prophetic book in 2015 on how Britain’s governing class was setting itself for a catastrophe in the 2016 Brexit vote.
MacShane has a new book due out in July, explaining just why getting out of the E.U. is like unscrambling an egg. “There are 750 separate treaties that would have to be negotiated,” he told me. British citizens would lose benefits they’ve come to take for granted, such as the right to retire in pleasant places on the continent, and free health care while they are traveling in Europe. The more all of this sinks in, the less popular Brexit will be,
And this brings us back to Corbyn and May. Corbyn was never a strong supporter of the E.U., which he viewed as a source of imported neo-liberalism. Nominally, Labour supports making Brexit work. But if he is the next prime minister, Corbyn is not likely to lead Britain out of the EU on the terms that will be offered.
And if his government requires the support of the Scottish Nationalist Party, Brexit becomes even less likely, since the Scots are passionate about not wanting to quit the E.U. A Britain that left the E.U. could well pave the way for a Britain without Scotland.
Even if May is re-elected, pressure will keep increasing from the Conservatives’ usual constituency of Britain’s ruling elites not to commit the folly of Brexit. The best outcome would be for the sheer opportunism of two successive Conservative prime ministers to discredit their party for a long time—but not at the price of a catastrophically bad decision to quit Europe.
Of course, when the Brexit madness does pass, the harder work of rebuilding a decent Britain that works “for the many, not the few,” only begins.
I don't want Brexit either but I can't see it not happening. Maybe it will all fall apart, but it will have to be set up first.