Interview: Eddie Izzard
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Eddie Izzard has been one of the most vocal proponents of the Remain camp, fighting urgently for young people to vote ahead of the historic EU Referendum on 23rd June. Today he was in London’s Soho, hoping to give a final push to his ardent campaign to stay in the European Union before we finally head to the polls tomorrow. In the Soho tattoo parlour where we meet to discuss the referendum (tattoos symbolising the permanence of the choice we are about to make) Izzard reminds us that, unlike their parents, young people “haven’t spent years and years and decades thinking about it—they’re doing it on a gut level.” The implication is that the gut feeling Izzard believes many young people have – about the opportunities that are available in Europe, the social and cultural benefits, separate European communities working with, rather than against, each other – are the ones that should lead their decision at the ballot box. Izzard believes that “the United Kingdom, much like the EU, was built by “keeping the doors open” – so as a continent we should “put out our hands and trade together, work together, live together. “That’s what the United Kingdom was built on and that’s what the European Union was built on.” The overall message, he believes, is one of love – and for lessons in that we should look to recently returned to Earth astronaut Tim Peake.
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