The likes of Labour MEP Theresa Griffin savaged Ringo after comments he made in a BBC Newsnight clip in 2017 resurfaced two years later, claiming Brexit was already causing “devastation” in his hometown. The musician is back in the spotlight today as he celebrates his 80th birthday. He is one of the world’s most recognisable stars following the unprecedented success his former band The Beatles had.
Alongside Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, Ringo became a global icon and is often renowned for his smart, yet controversial, responses during interviews.
And three years ago, while being interviewed by the BBC, Ringo accepted that the UK must leave the EU, even describing it as a “great move” for the nation.
But his comments didn’t please everyone – and enraged followers of the Remain side, who at the time were still putting together a failed attempt at reversing the UK’s referendum result.
In the clip – which came out around the time Ringo released his 19th studio album ‘Give More Love’ – the pin-up said that “the people voted and they have to get on with it”.
He explained: “Suddenly it’s like, ‘oh well we don’t like that vote’.
“What do you mean you don’t like that vote? You had the vote, this is what won, let’s get on with it.
“I would have voted for Brexit. Yeah, I would have voted to get out. But don’t tell Bob Geldof!”
In the 30 second video, Ringo is then asked why he decided he would have voted Leave in the 2016 referendum.
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She said: “I live in the Welsh Streets, Liverpool where Ringo was born, he doesn’t live here, doesn’t pay taxes here, has no idea the devastation Brexit is already causing, car factories, medicines.
“Ringo, if you want to smirk about Brexit – come back home, visit local workplaces and listen.”
The UK finally decided to leave the EU after 52 percent of the nation voted for Brexit four years ago, after then-Prime Minister David Cameron made good of his pledge to have a referendum on the topic.
Since then, the UK has been embroiled in tense discussions with the EU and left the bloc officially on January 31.
The UK is finishing trade negotiations ahead of the December 31 deadline to conclude them.