British actor Hugh Grant has demanded that the British government cancel their decision to leave the European Union, saying only “sane” people support remaining as the prospect of the country leaving the EU bloc without a formal withdraw agreement continues to rise.
The Four Weddings and a Funeral star shared a petition via Twitter calling on the British government to revoke Article 50, the legal process by which a member state exits the bloc, and remain a member, thus ignoring the 2016 referendum where the majority of people voted to leave.
“I’ve signed. And it looks like every sane person in the country is signing too,” he wrote. “National emergency. Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU.”
I’ve signed. And it looks like every sane person in the country is signing too. National emergency. Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU. – Petitions https://t.co/tPgkaz1soi
— Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) March 20, 2019
“The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people,'” reads the petition, which has been signed over one million times. “We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People’s Vote may not happen – so vote now.”
Grant was not the only British celebrity to sign the petition, which was created yesterday in the hope of helping Britain avoid leaving the EU without a formal withdrawal agreement. Other signatories include the singer Annie Lennox, the scientist Brian Cox, and the comedian David Mitchell.
The 58-year-old actor has always been open about his political views and has previously donated to the “Hacked Of”‘ campaign aimed at curbing freedom of the press through stricter regulation. In the 2015 General Election, he endorsed candidates from both the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, arguing that Labour’s current deputy leader Tom Watson should one day become Prime Minister.