Leaving the European Union (EU) could turn out to be in the long-term interest of the United Kingdom according to Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger.
In an interview with Sky News to mark the launch of ‘The Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism’ — a detailed multi-media retrospective of the band’s history housed in London’s Saatchi Gallery — Mick Jagger was pushed on the topic of how he would vote in the upcoming EU referendum.
Sir Mick first avoided the question, conceding it was a difficult issue, and speculating as to whether Prime Minister David Cameron may now regret calling the the vote. He said:
“I think it’s a really complex question and I wonder if David Cameron – if he was asked today – whether he’d actually want to put this out for a referendum now.”
Proving that you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime you find you get what you need, Sir Mick’s interviewer pressed again for him to give a definitive answer, asking “in or out, come on.” Although still hedging his bet slightly, the singer’s response will be seen as a boost to Brexit campaigners. He replied:
“I don’t think to me personally, I mean like really personally, it is going to make a huge difference.
“But I think to the country in the short term, it will be detrimental if we get out. In the longer term, in say a 20 year term, it might turn out to be beneficial.”
Sir Mick’s comments are the latest from an entertainment knight of the realm. In January the Oscar-winning actor Sir Michael Caine said Britain should leave in the absence of “extremely significant changes,” concluding:
“I sort of feel certain we should come out.”