Joanna Lumley’s Brexit verdict as she warned ‘Europeans are going to miss us’

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The Absolutely Fabulous actress has been outspoken on Brexit since the nation decided to leave the EU. Lumley has often leapt to the defence of Brexiteers and claimed to “understand” their concerns about Brussels. The 74-year-old, who fronts Joanna Lumley’s Home Sweet Home: Travels in My Own Land, argued that the EU would lose a lot after Britain’s departure.

Previously, Lumley refuted claims that Brexiteers were “cruel b******s” and argued that they were people “with good hearts”.

She sprang to the defence of those who voted Leave after some wrongly blamed a rise in racist attacks on them following the EU referendum.

The actress claimed she could “understand a great deal about the Brexiteers’ problems” in a surprising confession from the Remain-voter.

When asked about the political unrest in the UK that followed the 2016 referendum, Lumley tried to reunite the nation. 

In 2017, she told the Radio Times: “We have to remember that most people in this country have good hearts and a sense of justice and generosity.”

Lumley argued that “the b******s who say and so cruel and wicked things” were not “the majority”.

In another statement about the changes to travelling between EU states, the actress felt the UK would be “missed”.

Lumley reiterated that the EU was a “club” and voiced concern over tougher visa restrictions, during a 2016 interview on AOL’s Build Series. 

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She said: “The people on the continent will miss us and we’ll miss them.”

Lumley believed that people living in EU countries “adore us” and liked Britons “going over there” – while she equally felt they “love to come here”.

She argued that the connection between Britons and people from EU member states would not change.

Lumley cited Europeans “love” for “the theatre” and “Savile Row” – a street in London known for its bespoke tailoring -among reasons they adore the UK.

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Last month, she told the Radio Times: “We love the cheese, the wine, the arts [and] the music.”

Lumley seemed to argue that a mutual interest in one another’s culture would still continue and that connection would be unaffected by Britain’s departure from the EU.

In a blunt moment, she pointed out: “Nothing’s changed!”

Previously, Lumley voiced concerns about leaving the EU due to the difficulties of travelling to member states.

She recalled her years as a model when “all you did was you took your passport, had it stamped and did your photographs”.

Lumley warned that Europe “had changed” since countries joined the EU and was concerned that some Brexiteers hadn’t considered that when voting Leave in 2016.

She argued against claims that Britain could leave with ease because “40 years ago, this (the EU) didn’t exist and so it can not exist now”.

Lumley felt that many didn’t see “the problem” that Europe was different now compared to before the EU’s inception.

She continued: “What they had forgotten was that Europe had changed – Europe had joined the European Union.”

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Lumley believed that Europe “was different” now “because none of Europe belonged to itself”. 

She argued that “the club” – in reference to the EU – was no longer “the same” because it “never existed” before.

Despite her concerns about Britain’s breakaway from the bloc, she claimed to “always understand” the reasoning behind Brexit.

Lumley listed “how do we get rid of them?” and “how do you change such a huge ship?” as the “Brexiteers’ problems” she understood. 

She believed it would be hard to get all 27 EU member states to “agree on anything” from her experience of “overly large committees”.

Lumley said: “Look how hard it is to get a hung jury to agree [and] that’s only 12 people!

“Look how hard that is, so how do you get 27 people to agree?”

She argued that supported her “understanding of people saying, ‘Let’s get out of this! Let’s make our own decisions!’”

Joanna Lumley’s Home Sweet Home: Travels In My Own Land airs on Tuesdays at 8pm on ITV.

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