The Gypsy King produced an inspired performance last Saturday to defeat Deontay Wilder in the 11th round. In a riveting contest, the defending champion recovered from being floored twice by the Bronze Bomber in the fourth round to retain his WBC crown. Although the 33-year-old does most of his talking in the ring, he is not afraid to voice his opinions in public, when called upon.
One such occasion occurred in 2019, as the UK appeared to be heading towards a no deal Brexit.
Amid parliamentary gridlock, Remainers called for a second referendum on leaving the bloc.
Labour even promised in their 2019 election manifesto to hold another plebiscite, where voters could choose between a “credible Leave option” and Remain.
However, boxing champion Tyson Fury had a clear message for those who sought to defy the will of the British people.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain in September 2019, he said: “I don’t get involved in politics too much but we voted to leave and if you don’t do as the public says we might as well have a dictatorship.
“I say leave and give them nothing, pay no divorce bill.”
Boxing champion Fury was not alone in telling politicians to respect the outcome of the 2016 referendum, or threaten the very concept of democracy.
Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin used his annual press conference in 2018 to give British parliamentarians some valuable advice on upholding democratic principles.
“The referendum was held,” he said. “What can she (Theresa May) do?
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After hours of tortuous negotiations with Brussels, then-Prime Minister Theresa May thought she had found the solution with her Irish backstop compromise.
This would have effectively seen the UK remain in the EU customs union, unable to negotiate its own trade deals and forced to remain under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
Although the compromise was seen as a temporary measure until a better solution could be found to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, many Brexiters feared it would be permanent.
The deal was decisively rejected by MPs in a series of votes in the spring of 2019.
The Prime Minister then stood down after the Tories suffered a humiliating drubbing in the May European elections, as the new Brexit Party pulled off a stunning victory.
The Conservatives elected Boris Johnson to replace Ms May as their new leader, who subsequently vowed to “get Brexit done”.
With the clock ticking down and the two sides still gridlocked, a no deal Brexit loomed large.
Horrified at the prospect of crashing out of the EU without a trade deal, Remainers in Parliament stepped up their calls for a second referendum, sparking outrage from Leave voters.