Bruce Dickinson Explains Why He Voted for Brexit, Ozzy Osbourne Doesn’t Understand Move
Uncertainty is reaching a boiling point in the United Kingdom as the country prepares to leave the European Union next March in a move known as Brexit. As the controversial referendum is set to come to pass, U.K. musicians are being asked for their opinion. Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has revealed that he voted to abandon the EU, while Ozzy Osbourne has admitted to not understanding what the whole thing is all about.
"Interesting thing about Brexit was that I was one of the people who voted for it," Dickinson tells the French news outlet L'Obs in an interview which can be viewed below. "I'm quite relaxed about the idea. There's a lot of nonsense and scare stories being made up by ... both sides, actually, which I think is pretty immature. I believe it will ultimately enable us to be more flexible, and I think that people in Europe will get an advantage from that."
"What you have at the moment is effectively the European Union obviously not doing a very good job satisfying the democracies of Europe," DIckinson continues. "A lot of people - not just Brexit, but all kinds of other people, whether it's the Italians or the Greeks or the Hungarians or the Catalans, or whoever it is - are all having big populist movements. It's because their needs, their democratic needs, are not being addressed by Brussels. The right people to address the needs is the democratically elected leaders."
Brexit, a mix of the words "British" and "exit," was voted on in June of 2016 by the public in the U.K. By a narrow margin, the decision was made to leave the EU, which is made up of 28 countries and more than 500 million citizens who act as one single market when it comes to things like trade and travel. Following the vote, which broke down to 52 percent to 48 percent, many who initially said they were in favor of departing the EU then claimed to have been misled and demanded a second vote which, to date, British Prime Minister Theresa May has denied.
While Dickinson is standing firm behind his vote to leave the European Union, his fellow countryman Ozzy Osbourne is a bit confused by the whole situation.
“People keep going on at me about that – is it a big deal over there? What will happen with it? Are people voting in or out, what’s going on?” he asked The Big Issue during an interview with the U.K. magazine. “I don’t read the newspapers and I don’t really talk politics because I don’t really know. I don’t really understand Brexit.”
One thing is for certain; as the controversial move to depart the EU draws nearer, expect many more musicians to weigh in with their thoughts.
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