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Celebs Weigh In On #Brexit

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | June 24, 2016 |

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | June 24, 2016 |

The debate over whether the United Kingdom should remain or exit the European Union ended last night, with the vote favoring the latter. Which side did your favorite celebrity take?
Well, 250 famous folk including actors Patrick Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helena Bonham Carter, Bill Nighy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keira Knightley, David Oyelowo, John Hurt, Jude Law and directors Joe Wright, Danny Boyle, and Alfonso Cuarón signed an open letter last month, pledging themselves Team Remain. And many more took to Twitter and Instagram to share their thoughts.

"No man is an island, No country by its self" Big day tomorrow for Britain! #voteremain

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I'm IN. PLEASE remember to use your voice and VOTE.

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I'm passionate about my country and whatever the result of Thursday's referendum, we will always be Great. Each side has the right to their opinion and that should always be respected whatever the outcome of the European Referendum. I played my best years at my boyhood club, Manchester United. I grew up with a core group of young British players that included Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville Brothers. Added to that was an experienced group of older British players such as Gary Pallister, Steve Bruce and Paul Ince. Now that team might have gone on to win trophies but we were a better and more successful team because of a Danish goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, the leadership of an Irishman Roy Keane and the skill of a Frenchman in Eric Cantona. I was also privileged to play and live in Madrid, Milan and Paris with teammates from all around Europe and the world. Those great European cities and their passionate fans welcomed me and my family and gave us the opportunity to enjoy their unique and inspiring cultures and people. We live in a vibrant and connected world where together as a people we are strong. For our children and their children we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone. For these reasons I am voting to Remain

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Lindsay Lohan had a lot of thoughts she has since deleted. Her latest tweet:

And Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t do Twitter. But he declared in a recent Vulture interview:

Brexit is really scary. I obviously want us to stay. There are economic reasons — but the main reason is that in this era, divided we fall. C’mon guys, let’s stick together. The idea of nationhood is one that I can kind of take or leave. I am very proud of being English and I’m very proud of everything England is giving the world that I am associated with. But it’s not an actual — what does [Kurt] Vonnegut call them in Cat’s Cradle? He calls them ‘granfalloons,’ where there’s a name for a fake bond. Because we’re all British, we’re all part of the same country. But people in France aren’t that fucking different. We’re all just human beings and that should be the thing that I think is celebrated about us rather than tiny, petulant differences. But it’s really scary. Similar to the Trump thing, I feel like we started off being like, ‘It’ll never happen. Don’t worry about it.’ And now it’s like, ‘Oh no, we could not be apart of Europe’ in what is it—a few days? I’ve already sent in my postal vote. So I’m done. I’ve voted.

You can dress it up however you want, but ultimately, with a lot of the people who want to exit, there’s a sense of jingoistic, ‘We don’t want to take orders from bloody Frenchies.’ It’s the worst kind of nationalism, the worst kind of patriotism, and it’s scary as shit and a woman was killed! It worries me that — we don’t really have a version of Trump, but our very far right-wing party, they obviously would never have incited somebody to that violence. I’m not saying they did that because they didn’t. But equally, you spend that much time fear mongering about race and religion and that’s going to have an effect sometimes. It’s just scary and sad, and I hope we’re still a part of Europe in a couple of weeks time.

Finally, English footballer John Barnes, who may not be very well known outside of Britain, wrote a moving, ‘layman’s’ plea for Remain in the The Guardian.

Kristy Puchko will be diving into a good book and lots of wine until further notice.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.