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The Beatles' Ringo Starr: 'I Would Have Voted for Brexit ... It's a Good Move'

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Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | September 10, 2019 | 12:58 PM EDT

Ringo Starr, left, and his fellow
Beatle, Paul McCartney. 
(Getty Images)

As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson struggles to remove Britain from the European Union -- which Brits voted for in June 2016 -- it's interesting to note that the famous Brit and Beatles drummer Ringo Starr strongly supports Brexit because the people voted for it, he says, and "it's a great move" to be "in control of your own country."

In a BBC Newsnight interview from 2017, which resurfaced on social media this week, Starr is asked why he supports Brexit.

“The people voted and, you know, they have to get on with it," said Starr.  "Suddenly it’s like, ‘oh well, we don’t like that vote.'"

"What do you mean you don’t like that vote?" he said. "You had the vote, this is what won, let’s get on with it."

The BBC then asked Starr, who now lives in the United States, whether he would have voted for Brext it in 2016.

Starr answered,  "I would have voted for Brexit. Yeah, I would have voted to get out. But don’t tell Bob Geldof!”

Bob Geldof, born in Ireland, is a left-wing activist and musician, most famous for starring in the 1982 film "Pink Floyd -- The Wall." Geldof thinks the arts will suffer if Britain leaves the European Union.

Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach.  (Getty Images)

Asked why he would have voted for Brexit, Starr told the BBC,  “Well, because I think it’s a great move. I think, you know, to be in control of your own country is a good move.”

Ringo Starr played drums in the Beatles from 1962 to 1970. He then produced several top singles and toured with the Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Starr was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1998 and Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth greatest drummer of all time. Starr was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice -- once as a Beatle and once for his solo work. 

View of the cover of the 45rpm single 'Yesterday' b/w 'Act Naturally' by the Beatles, which features a portrait of the band members, 1965. Pictured are, from left, Paul McCartney, John Lennon (1940 - 1980), George Harrison (1943 - 2001), and Ringo Starr. (Photo by Blank Archives/Getty Images)

Starr and his wife Barbra Bach used to divide their time between London and Los Angeles for many years.  In 2014 they sold their home in England and settled permanently in Los Angeles.  Ringo Starr, 79, has an estimated net worth of $350 million. 

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman

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