In Depth

Which celebrities support Brexit – and which back Remain?

Roger Dalty, Ian Botham and Joan Collins all back leaving the European Union

Two years on from the Brexit referendum and debate is still raging as to the merits or drawbacks of leaving the EU.

This even extends to the world of the rich and famous, with The Who’s legendary frontman, Roger Daltry, the latest celebrity to voice his views on Brexit.

Last year, the rock veteran made headlines when he said that in years to come, leaving the EU will be seen as “the right thing for this country to have done”. Now, Daltrey has explained that this is because he believes there is a lack of democratic accountability in the European Union.

“I’m not anti-Europe, I’m anti-Brussels, but people don’t get the distinction,” Daltrey told The Daily Telegraph. “That’s why I’m so angry about it. I want someone at least answerable to me that I can say ‘fuck off, you’re useless!’”

Before the referendum, many celebrities were met with criticism for daring to air their views, with a group of more than 280 stars branded “desperate left-wing luvvies” after they signed an open letter warning voters against Brexit.

That experience has not deterred some though, with a number of celebrities teaming up with MPs and business leaders last month to call for a vote on any final Brexit deal, stepping up a campaign to try to stop what they describe as Britain’s damaging departure from the EU.

Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart, a supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said campaigners were not asking for a second referendum, but rather wanted “another chance to consider what the terms of this divorce are going to be”.

He told the BBC: “As time has gone by... the information that we are receiving about the terms and conditions of that separation are quite unlike the terms and conditions that were spoken of so loosely during the 2016 campaign.”

Click on the gallery above for more celebrities and their reasons for supporting or opposing Brexit at the time of the vote.

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