Moore: ‘Brexit would be bonkers for Britain’


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Michael Moore at the IFI, Dublin, 2016. Photo:

Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore called Britain “toxic” for considering leaving the European Union, but added that it wasn’t his place to tell its electorate how to vote.

He said it would be “bonkers” for Brexit to happen, given that it would separate the UK from a wider world. He also accused Leave campaigners of throwing tantrums ahead of the referendum, which takes place later this month.

“You’re an island, your island is part of a greater world and to want to separate yourselves from that world, it seems a little bonkers to us, but it’s your thing,” he said.

“Don’t you feel you still have something to offer Europe? Be the leaders you have been and are. Get more involved, not pick up our little toys and go home and sit on our little island.

“You saved Europe. Europe today is a large part because of you, the UK. You sacrificed and suffered in the ‘30s and ‘40s to save Europe – why would you want to leave?”

The acclaimed documentary maker also leant his support to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, backing him to become the next Prime Minister. He said that Mr Corbyn’s election made amends for the party choosing Tony Blair in 1994 and that it was “getting back to Labour in its roots”.

He added that he was disappointed that the late left-wing Labour MP would not be around to see the possible election of Mr Corbyn to the premiership in 2020. He was critical of the British public for electing a conservative government but reserved his most scathing attack for Mr Blair and his decision to follow former US President George W. Bush into the Iraq War.

“You may be over Tony Blair. We’re not,” he said. “We expected Bush to start that war. That wasn’t a surprise. But he was able to do it because you – the Brits, under Tony Blair – gave him the cover.

“You made it possible for him to say: ‘Hey, it’s not just me – we’ve got Tony Blair here!’

“We’re not quite over the damages that the country has done to the world. This is a toxic place.

“This is a place that wants to put young adults in debt, a place that wants to create a two tier medical system, has elected a conservative government and now wants to leave the European Union.”

Mr Moore was speaking at an event in the UK, where he was promoting his latest film Where to Invade Next? – a humorous exploration of how the United States can learn from other countries. He visits Finland, where children aren’t set homework, Italy, where citizens receive eight weeks paid holiday, Slovenia, which offers free third level education, and France, where children receive freshly-cooked school dinners and a forthright sex education, among others.


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