Sir Patrick Stewart apologises to Europe for Brexit in 2017
Sir Patrick, 80, is one of the nation’s best known actors and has enjoyed a phenomenal career that has spanned six decades. He has taken on a variety of roles including in Shakespeare productions, the TV show Star Trek and Marvel’s X-Men film franchise. But Sir Patrick, who was knighted more than a decade ago, came under fire after he unleashed a furious rant about Brexit.
Three years after the British public voted to leave the EU, the actor stood up before a crowd in Paris to denounce the results of the referendum.
Sir Patrick moaned that it was “disgusting” to see Britons vote to “break” the “invaluable connection” between the UK and the EU.
He admitted to taking part in a march for a second referendum in London in 2019.
Sir Patrick also argued that more of the nation wanted to remain – despite the clear results from the first vote.
He told the 2019 Comic-Con audience: “I want you to know that well more than half of the population of the United Kingdom wants to stay in the European Union.”
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His claim was contradicted by the results of the EU referendum, where 52 percent of the public voted Leave and 48 percent voted Remain.
Some have suggested that poor turnout may have been a factor in the 2016 vote but the claim remains unsubstantiated.
More than 72 percent of the nation, approximately 46.5 million people, voted in the EU referendum.
In comparison, five percent more of the population turned out to cast ballots in the Brexit vote than did in the 2019 general election.
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Around 67 percent of people voted in the election, which ended in victory for Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party.
During Sir Patrick’s rant, he cited key historical moments that were influenced by Europe’s collective efforts.
He explained that when the “Berlin Wall came down” in 1989, “the Soviet Union ended its dominance and control over so many nations”.
Sir Patrick listed the end of Apartheid in South Africa and the Good Friday Agreement – despite admitting there were “still problems” between the two Irish nations.
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He said: “The European Union is all part of that movement.
“It is a disgrace that individuals in my country are attempting to separate us.”
Last year, ahead of the release of the TV show Star Trek: Picard, Sir Patrick described Brexit as “the grimmest thing”.
He explained that the news had made him “very, very sad” and wished the public had voted Remain.
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Sir Patrick said: “What is happening with the European Union is actually the saddest, grimmest thing that has happened to me.”
He elaborated that it was the “grimmest thing” since he first became “involved in politics”.
Sir Patrick also said he stopped pursuing US citizenship so that he could vote against Prime Minister Johnson.
He previously revealed his intention to have dual citizenship was because he wanted to cast his ballot against former US President Donald Trump.
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Sir Patrick said: “I think we have our own Trump in our country here today.
“I am going to be using my vote to try and get rid of him.”
Sir Patrick has voiced his opposition to Brexit on a number of occasions including at rallies.
He also funded coach trips to allow Remainers to reach London to join in protests against Brexit.
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At one rally, Sir Patrick said: “You haven’t just filled a nice bar in north London, you have taken over an entire city.”
He told protesters they hadn’t “just impacted the Brexit debate”, he felt they had “transformed British politics”.
Sir Patrick has often protested that there was “nothing democratic” about the 2016 EU referendum.
He said: “People weren’t just misled, they were lied to.”