Ringo Starr Explains Why He Voted for Brexit

"Britain should be out and get back on its own feet."

By Amanda Wicks

The controversial vote concerning Britain’s place in the European Union has arguably divided the country. But one musician isn’t shy about explaining why he voted to leave the EU. Speaking with Bloomberg in an interview published today (August 4), Ringo Starr discussed why he voted for Brexit.

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“I voted for Brexit, because I thought the European Union was a great idea, but I didn’t see it going anywhere lately,” he said. “It’s in shambles, and we’re all stuck with people who want to make arrangements for their own country and don’t think for the other countries. Britain should be out and get back on its own feet.”

He didn’t see an issue with his vote, because he said other countries are now interested in following suit. “Yeah, and now Scotland wants to leave and Wales wants to leave,” he said. “Then it will be Devon. God knows where it will end.”

Beyond following his home country’s politics, Starr will be touring in Japan and Korea come October. That means he’ll miss his pal and former bandmate Paul McCartney’s performance at Desert Trip. It’s nothing personal, though. “They set it up after I was booked,” he admitted.

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