The Spectator’s EU Poll asked a fairly random group of well-known people how they’d vote in the EU referendum, and this is what they said:
Sir Tim Rice, lyricist:
‘In 1975 I voted to stay in the Common Market from a standpoint of ignorance. In 2016 I shall vote to leave the EU, as a rebel without a clue. This is a gut reaction which I trust far more than the barrage of misinformation churned out by both sides of the campaign but overwhelmingly by the Remain camp. At least this time round I know I don’t know anything which is more than can be said for most of the campaigners. It would be good to spend one’s final years as part of a truly independent nation once more. I am intrigued that Mr. Cameron has failed to notice that the voting is to take place exactly 6 years, 6 weeks and 6 days since the General Election of 6 May 2010 which first brought him to power. 666. He is clearly not superstitious.’
Gyles Brandreth, author and broadcaster:
‘My favourite song is the ‘Hokey Cokey’ – in, out, in, out, you shake it all about, so I’ve got time but I will probably say ‘stay’.’
Bob Geldof, singer:
‘I’m IN with the In Crowd. And for one specific reason above all else. Put aside the minor EU irritations of the moment. If Britain becomes the loose thread that begins the unravelling of the EU cardigan then we are in trouble. The peace that by and large has pertained as a result of this elegant compact will end. Europe will fragment to its tribal allegiances, small economies will descend to old and petty differences sucking in larger neighbours and alliances, larger poorer states will become more authoritarian and revanchist Russia will watch and wait. The East unmoored and no longer offered the benefits of a wider economy and greater wealth on condition of decent behaviour will fall prey to Putins or anothers blandishments.